Musei Capitolini, Rome
Capitoline Museums, Musei Capitolini, Palazzo Conservatori entrance.
The Capitoline Museums are a cluster of art and archeological museums in Piazza del Campidoglio on Capitoline Hill in the heart of Rome. The museums are contained in three spectacular old buildings surrounding a central piazza designed by Michelangelo in 1536.
The museums' magnificent collections include ancient Roman statues, a collection of medieval and Renaissance art and jewels, coins, and other items of the ancient Roman era.
On the Palazzo Nuovo side there's this fertility goddess, one of the BugCrew's favourite oddities.
The three main Capitoline buildings
• Palazzo Senatorio, built in the 12th century and modified according to Michelangelo's designs.
• Palazzo dei Conservatori, built in the mid-16th century and also redesigned by Michelangelo.
• Palazzo Nuovo, built in the 17th century and identical to the Palazzo dei Conservatori across the palazzo.
More recently the 16th century Palazzo Caffarelli-Clementino, just off the piazza next to the Palazzo dei Conservatori, was added to the museum complex.
Musei Capitolini website in English
And a superb Hercules
in the Palazzo Nuevo Museum.
Palazzo Conservatori's famous 400
BC Etruscan she-wolf suckling Romulus and Remus, though in fact
the boys were added much later in 1510 to accord with the myth
of the upbringing of the founders of Rome.
Medusa and her serpentine hair, a sculpture by the always astonishing Bernini.Musei Capitolini
Photo by Jastrow
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