Noteworthy museums

Noteworthy museums

The Altar of Peace (Ara Pacis Augustae) – a camouflaged monument of private glory

Noteworthy museums

Stadium of Domitian – Greek-style competition, to the joy of the populace

Bronzino’s John the Baptist – between cold eroticism and refined devotion

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Bronzino’s John the Baptist – between cold eroticism and refined devotion

The muscular, beautiful, manly body with a delicately glowing skin seems to be taken out of a refined act of, as we would have said today, homoerotic nature, however, the title of the painting and the requisites visible on it, point to something completely different. This is a saint, and not just any saint – the patron of Florence, John the Baptist. But is it possible that this is simply a religious painting?

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Bernini’s Colonnade – to strengthen faith, Enlightenment and to convince the infidels

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Bernini’s Colonnade – to strengthen faith, Enlightenment and to convince the infidels

Its grandeur is best appreciated, looking on from the perspective of the dome of St. Peter's Basilica. In front of our very eyes stretches one of the last monumental works of the Baroque – a symbol of the significance of the Holy See and its representative on Earth - Pope Alexander VII. It was he, who ordered his trusted architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini to begin work on shaping the square in such a way so that it would astound and arouse respect. Both the pontifex and his architect succeeded in this task.

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Bronzino (1503–1572) – subtle, refined, and mysterious

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Bronzino (1503–1572) – subtle, refined, and mysterious

A painter, and at the same time a poet, he resided in Rome only a short time and in reality, we do not know what he did there. And despite the fact, that this chief representative of Mannerism and the court painter of the de ’Medici family did not leave the fruits of his labor in the city, the Roman museums keep several significant (obtained at a later date) works of his – surprising, seducing in their beauty and mysterious aura.

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