Yesterday I took it easy, getting some laundry done and some work on my lesson plan for Educational Seminars (on mosaics), going for a run, and getting dinner at the local Sardinian restaurant.
Today was our trip to the Vatican Museum—an incredibly overwhelming place, especially on Monday (no other museums are open) in the rain! But also some cool stuff to see, of course. We had special permission for a few areas, and saw the Claudius as Jupiter from Caere, the Altar of the Vicomagistri, the Concellaria reliefs, the Tomb of the Haterii, the mosaic of the unswept floor by Heraclitus, the Running Niobid, and the athlete mosaics from the Baths of Caracalla. In other parts of the museum, we saw the Odyssey landscapes, the fresco of the Isis Geminiana (a grain ship), the mosaic of Achilles dragging Hector’s body, the goods from the Regolini-Galassi tomb from Caere, the bronze Mars of Todi, and some cool attic black-figure pottery, including one by Exekias of Ajax & Achilles playing dice.
On our own, Mike, Nicole, and I visited the modern religious art collection, Raphael’s School of Athens (very cool!), the incredibly crowded Sistine Chapel (Michelangelo), the Laocoon group, and the Apollo Belvedere. After a lunch of lasagna and chocolate soufflé (which I had to wait a long time for, but was pretty good) I spent the afternoon shopping near the Vatican. I almost missed dinner, which would have been a shame, because it was pasta with ragu sauce, zucchini, rabbit, and gelato. Yummy!