In blog #145 I explored the Palazzo dei Conservatori, and now it's down into the basement and across under the Piazza and into the Palazzo Nuovo.
The huge Tabularium underneath the Piazza.
Here in ancient times was the records office of Rome
and also the offices of many city officials ...
View of the Roman Forum from inside the Museum -
- a vast area of excavated Roman temples,
squares and government buildings -
some dating back 2000 years ...
The Palazzo Nuovo houses the collections of ancient sculptures assembled in the past by the Roman nobility and in more recent times, the collections amassed by the various popes of the church and donated to the Musei Capitolini from the late 15 Century onwards ... various other works discovered during archeological excavations carried out as new urban districts were being built have also been added to the collection.
the god of war and guardian of agriculture ...
Satyr of the Valley
Statue of Polyphemus
Fountain with the river-god Marforio
Hall of Gladiators
Hall of Philosophers
Hall of the Emperors
and seated directly opposite the Venus is this rather dour figure...
Hercules as the slayer of the Hydra of Lerna
... the two-sexed child of Aphrodite and Hermes
had long been a symbol of androgyny
and was portrayed in Greco-Roman art as a female figure with male genitals.
Such an extraordinary exhibition of statuary - and I have shown you only a fraction of the collection ... than goodness the Popes liked collecting art ...