Today we started at the Borghese Gallery. It was originally a villa owned by Cardinal Borghese who was Bernini’s sponsor. The collection was full of Bernini sculptures, Carravaggio paintings and a lot of beautiful, inspiring works. My favorite being the Ratto di Proserpena, where the hand looks like its digging into the flesh so realistically. The marble was completely warped from its original state. The gardens behind the house were also beautiful, long allee’s of highly manicured trees lined multiple linear pathways. Even at midday the park way really busy with visitors. We walked through the width of the Park to the top of the Medici Manor. The view is pictured here. It was so exciting being above the city.
Met up with Dr. Antonella. Talked a bit about how to engage modern / new architecture within the context of Ancient Rome. it was a tough choice, to be for or against it. Antonella said we must choose, so choose we did?