|The Cordonata leading to the Piazza Campidoglio|
There’s a lot to see but I do have my favourites. The very first thing, upon entering the museum, located in the courtyard and completely unavoidable because of its size is the statue of Emperor Constantine, rather the dismantled statue with some massive body parts displayed lined up on one side of the courtyard.
Counted in my favoured pieces would be the She Wolf Suckling the Twins,
The Spinario which is a bronze statue of a boy removing a thorn from his foot,
The Little Girl playing dressed to the nines
and Bernini’s Medusa, a most sympathetic rendition of this serpent-haired, hater-of-man, mythical creature.
As I looked at Bernini’s Medusa, I could not help but compare this with Caravaggio’s.
But what brought me time and again to come back into the museum is Him....The Dying Gaul.
I don’t know what it is about this statue, after all it is only a copy but there is something arresting about it. I have taken lots of pictures and like many have sat on one of the viewing chairs time and again, just staring at him! He is a beautiful man and with that anguish on his face, he can melt any woman’s heart.....