Monday, May 2, 2005
Pictures were taken by Gertrude Meyer.
This is the palace where the original of the bronze statue of Marcus Aurelius
is housed in the museum.
When Emperor Charles V visited Rome in 1536, Pope Paul III Farnese was so embarrassed by the muddy state of the Capitol that he asked Michelangelo to draw up plans for repaving the piazza and for renovating the facades of Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Senatorio.
Michelangelo proposed adding the Palazzo Nuovo to form a piazza in the shape of a trapezium, embellished with Classical sculptures chosen for their relevance to Rome. Building started in 1546, but progressed so slowly that Michelangelo only lived to oversee the double flight of steps at the entrance of Palazzo Senatorio. The piazza was completed in the 17th century, the way he had planned it.
Gertrude, The Photographer poses next to marble statue.
This statue appears to be a marble of Emperor Marcus Aurelius,
but we could find no documentation of that.
Next we will look down the hill to the Forum of Julius Caesar.
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