The Capitoline Museums: So sculpture, much good, wow.

so stairs. much hot. wow.
so stairs. much hot. wow.

Lots of people, when they visit Rome go up the huge Capitoline steps to see the Marcus Aurelius equestrian monument, the fancy pavement, and enjoy the view. But not so many people realize that of the three buildings up there two are part of a museum that has a TON of crazy good antique sculpture in it, really super awesome views over the Forum, and Constantine’s giant head. WINS all.

Constantine's colossal head!!! YAY.
Constantine’s colossal head!!! YAY.
City hall
City hall
architecturally significant Michelangelo stuff here.
architecturally significant Michelangelo stuff here.

Now Michelangelo was involved in the architecture of the buildings up there; the ones on the right and left form the primary structures of the museum, and the one in the middle is actually Rome’s city hall. But who cares about the current government, when there’s so much glory from the governments of the past inside?!?!

The actual Marcus Aurelius
The actual Marcus Aurelius
Capitoline wolf! Capitoline wolf!
Capitoline wolf! Capitoline wolf!

The sculpture at the Capitoline Museums is SO good, I would suggest it as another alternative to the Vatican. There’s all the Constantine stuff, the actual Etruscan Capitoline Wolf, the actual Marcus Aurelius (the one in the piazza is a copy), and the Dying Gaul. So good, so good. And it’s mostly, entirely empty, which is my favorite type of museum. The mostly empty kind.

Bronze Constantine face.
Bronze Constantine face.
Giant Constantine foot
Giant Constantine foot
Dying Gaul!
Dying Gaul!
River Gods be lazy
River Gods be lazy
And THIS is the view over the Forum. WIN.
And THIS is the view over the Forum. WIN.
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14 thoughts on “The Capitoline Museums: So sculpture, much good, wow.

  1. I love this place so much that when my youngest daughter got engaged, this was my choice of venue. Alas, her prospective parents would not hear of it, but my eldest has promised me that if she ever got married, this would be the place. Here, the ancient past is so close up you can almost shake hands with the artisans of the age. Thank you for the great pics.

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