Photos by Bill Wilson
This week is Culture Week in Rome. Most of the museums have free or reduced admission. On Sunday we visited the Palazzo Massimo Alle Terme, which contains the ancient art section of the Roman National Museum.
I found the sculptures that date back 2000 years to be incredibly beautiful and while there have been books written on the subject I thought it best to just introduce a few of my new friends by quoting from the display information.
It is rather overwhelming to walk through gallery after gallery of such beautiful and ancient works of art. But even to me there were some recognizable names among the works.
One of the floors of this museum is devoted to showing the decorative arts as they were used in luxurious villas. The reconstruction of frescoed rooms is extraordinary.
Amid all the classical splendor the basement of this museum contains a reminder of what make the world go round. Yes, there are coins from ancient to modern times. It also includes ancient luxury items and examples of the way wealth was extended to after death.
This is just a small sampling from one of many museums we hope to visit in the next week.