It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Rome🎄The Eternal City has a tree in Piazza Venezia, and the Vatican has this one in the Piazza di Dam Pietro. The tree is always matched with a unique nativity scene. This year the life sized group is made from Venetian sand. #meetrome
Back. To. Rome. On a plane ✈️ today after 9 weeks at @gettymuseum GCI. Here is one of my favorite moments atop the scaffolding for the Colosseum conservation project @tods for #throwbackthursday! And not to worry; I’ll share experiences like this on my new podcast: Travel: in situ, which is launching in time for the Saturnalia. The name of my podcast game is taking you there- on site- up on the scaffolding, down the drains, on the scooter, in Rome, Italy, and throughout the Mediterranean! Get ready! #buckleup#history#travel#archaeolgy#heritagepreservation
The sun is setting on another adventure. 9 weeks in Los Angeles have flown by! I was so pleased to be a visiting scholar at the Getty Conservation Institute @gettymuseum. I’m giving a shop talk shortly, then a 2 day conference. And finally I’ll head back to Rome on Friday. My new podcast will drop in time for the Saturnalia. #meetrome#heritagepreservation#archaeology#history
Raucous history. Marble Satyr pouring wine 🍷 in the foreground and bronze youthful Dionysus in a glass box in the background are part of the extensive collection in @artinstitutechi that I enjoyed during my brief Chicago visit. For more of the exploration, go watch 👀my IG story!
Christmas season in Rome. This is one of my favorite ways to usher in the holidays. Today December 8 (the feast of the Immaculate Conception) is celebrated in Rome here. The ancient Roman column (found a few hundred meters away, near Piazza Barberini, was erected on the spot in 1857. As of 1953, the city fire department places a new wreathe on the outstretched hand of Mary that will endure for a whole year. At the base many schools lay wreathes as well. It’s a low key way to celebrate the day, afterwards followed by a very public (and crowded) visit from Pope Francis. @ericafirpo is there right now on the scene, so check out her photos and IG stories. #recycledhistory
360 History. Take a spin with me around the fantastic site of Trajan’s Markets of the 2C AD, part of @museiincomuneroma with incredible monuments that are also the museum spaces with incredible vistas of Rome. I’m going to be taking you on site throughout Rome, Italy and the Empire in my new podcast which is launching later this month. For an idea, check out my chat with @alieward@ologies#history#travel#archaeology
Remember me??? I used to be covered in scaffolding. The exterior cleaning and stabilization of the Colosseum is complete. Now we turn to the interior. The @tods funded project continues. Preservation of monuments is a millennial effort in Rome. A 5C inscription inside records restorations in 484 after an earthquake. There’s so much being done today @parcocolosseo and so much more to do! This is just one di the topics I’ll be addressing in my new podcast - always recorded on site in Rome or some part of the empire. Stay tuned for the roll-out later this month. In the meantime, you can get a taste of my take on things at @alieward@ologies#history#archaeology#archaeology#travel
December. The 10th month in the original Roman calendar. Now the 12th month, the “decem” still reminds us! So what happened in the Roman calendar in the month of Saturn? Some highlights: •December 3 Bona Dea festival rites (women only) •December 8 festival of Tiberinus Pater and Gaia •December 15 Consualia grain storage festival- shrine in Circus Maximus •December 17-23 SATURNALIA in the forum and hence the photo that includes the Temple of Saturn (far right). Gift 🎁 exchange and festivities at the of the end of the year, merrymaking-it was adopted into the Christian calendar for the official celebration of Christmas - all from this singular, local cult on the slopes of the Capitoline overlooking the Forum. Enjoy the month! I’ll be back in Rome for the Consualia, after a productive and engaging time at @gettymuseum GCI #meetrome#heritagepreservation A little PS: check link above for our related AIRC @saverome 2019 calendar 📅 - stocking stuffer! ✌️
Golden Gate delight! I always make my pilgrimage to this point to admire the San Francisco skyline, with foreground of the bridge, the scruffy terrain, and the mountain bikers trekking along. What’s your favorite view of SF??
The Renaissance Nude exhibit at @gettymuseum features an impressive collection of art (Titian, Da Vinci, Donatello) and a reproduction of the Last Judgement by Michelangelo (1536-1541). I took this photo of the real thing during a rare private concert Stabat Mater in the Sistine Chapel last April. #meetrome
Illuminated history! We just had an awesome look at the illustrated manuscript collection at @gettymuseum with the curators and a world class scholar from Italy who is my fellow fellow this fall. We examined the stories and details from illustrated manuscripts as old as the 14C. This massive book (3 feet high!) was created for the Aracoeli church on the Capitoline hill in Rome, probably commissioned by the Borgia pope Alexander VI. The illustrated framing motifs were inspired by the contemporary discovery of the Domus Aurea figural frescoes known as grotteschi for the cave-like spaces in which they were found. (In reality the grottoes were just the tops of the vaulting of the massive rooms were visible upon discovery; the rest of the 30 ft high spaces had been filled in with dirt to create stable spaces for the later Baths of Trajan placed on top!) #meetrome#recycledhistory
In search of history. Thanks to @thatguytim I recently visited the amazing Mission of San Juan Capistrano dating back to 1776. It is noteworthy for its preservation and its conservation efforts. The didactic experience is also rich and varied throughout the site. And of course the imposing (and familiar Greco- Roman style) architecture of this now ruined (though recently restored) church. The earthquake of 1812 was devastating, but the mission was reused in other forms, the church abandoned and a new one built nearby. Still, the remains of the architecture leave quite an impression!