It was hot. You can tell.
This was Rome in August.
And those Swiss Guards with their funny traditional outfits looking as cool as cucumbers, how do they do it?
That is if cucumbers came with gold and purple striped pantaloons and tights.
Hour after hour, protecting Vatican City.
The green ear bud? So we can hear our guide more clearly. Best invention ever.
We entered St Peter’s after leaving the Sistine Chapel, and we were brought in the back way, through corridors and passageways, and all of a sudden we were INSIDE.
And it was huge, and awe inspiring.
And so very filled with people.
Remember my touristy visit to the Trevi Fountain?
The threat of selfie sticks is real! Even from within St Peter’s Basilica!
Looking up, above the people.
Looking down at floors!
It took me 3 tries to get this shot…because other people were just walking right on top of what I wanted to get a photo of. These stars are my consolation prize after not being allowed to take photos of the floors in the Sistine Chapel.
Standing where Popes and Saints and dignitaries as well as countless thousands of normal folks have trod.
Michelangelo’s Pietà 1498–1499
This famous work of art depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion. The theme is of Northern origin, popular by that time in France but not yet in Italy. Michelangelo's interpretation of the Pietà is unprecedented in Italian sculpture. [source]
While the description from Wiki is quite formal and stuffy, this statue is so much more. I loved our guide and her excitement for art and history in this great place. And the way she had of pointing out things that we might not notice which really brought the story around to a more personal level.
Michelangelo lost his mother at a very young age. The Mary in the statue looks nearly too young to be Jesus’ mother if he was 33 at the time of his death. It is thought that perhaps Michelangelo carved his memories of his own mother into the face of Mary. This statue is the only work that Michelangelo ever signed.
And, as is prevalent in renaissance art, both mother and son look exceptionally European, not of Middle Eastern descent.
It is an amazing early work which is now kept behind protective glass as a madman once tried to deface it with a hammer, and with fifteen blows he removed Mary's arm at the elbow, knocked off a chunk of her nose, and chipped one of her eyelids, which have since been fixed.
They took a block of marble out of the back of the statue to carve her a new nose to replace the one that onlookers supposedly kept as a souvenir when pieces went flying.
I took so many photos! And because we entered from within the pathways and hallways, I was completely disoriented as to which way I was facing until we went out through this door and this was my view:
Standing on the steps overlooking St Peter’s Square.
I’ve been here. Knock this one off my bucket list!
The rest of the photos are in the slide show below. Most of them aren’t super great. Lighting was iffy, people were many, and things were so big it was hard to get all of any one thing within the view of the camera. But I hope you enjoy it! Those of you who have been to St Peters, will know exactly what I mean!
This morning I am on my way to Dover, Delaware! It’s going to be a long driving day, I should be there by dinner time.
It’s a shortish guild visit, Talkin' Turkey workshop tomorrow, guild presentation tomorrow night, My Blue Heaven workshop on Tuesday and I will be home my dinner time on Wednesday!
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
I read once that the people we surround ourselves with either raise or lower our standards. We become like our friends.
True friends will lift you up into a better you and you will do the same for them!
Vintage bricks quilt found in North Carolina.
Enjoy your Sunday, everyone!