My friend was right. The “new” Villa Giulia exhibits are bright and accessible. It’s almost overwhelming how full of pottery and other artifacts the museum is. So, don’t think you can read every placard or spend time with every glass case of antiquities.
I decided to concentrate on the pieces that were personally interesting, lovely, or even humorous. Here are some of those pieces.
I particularly appreciated the Etruscan tomb, showing its delicate painting:
The highlight of the visit, however, is the magnificent Sarcophagus of the Spouses, pictured at the top of this post. Undoubtedly you’ve seen this in your art and history books over the years. Its straightforward humanity is wonderful. These ancient figures, a husband and wife, recline as if at a banquet. The affection between them is apparent in the way the man “spoons” his wife, his arms around her, their feet lying together. These are intimate representations of distinct and engaging individuals who look back at us from the past. They look friendly and engaging as if they’re about to start chatting with us.
Perhaps a delicacy at their eternal banquet was something as exotic as this,
Yes, it’s an ostrich egg shell that has survived for how many thousands of years.
Something else I noticed at Villa Giulia follows in another post.