So, yesterday, profitting of the last day of sun 'til the end of the month (the so-called "The Days of the Blackbird" are coming ;_; !!), and most importantly, profitting of the free access to a majestic exhibition in Rome dedicated to Octavianus Augustus and the periodic Japanese market, I decided to go ahead and getting myself ready for an evening trip to my favourite city ^^
It's been a while since I last attended the Japanese market... It's an event organized and managed by the tiny community of Japanese people living in Rome (most of them have shops or are teachers and students), they sell Japanese crafts, from kimonos to tea utensils.
The place is also crowded with stands managed by Italian artisans selling their Japanese-like stuff, with the excuse of the "craftery"-- I'm not a huge fan of such things >_>; also if they are really well-made and cute, that's not Japanese stuff, and not what I'd like to buy either x'D
This event was pretty tiny compared to its usual size, it was a special event in a new location. Since it was close to the train station I decided to take a peek.
In the end I bought some tabi socks :D I'm in love with the Shingen vs Kenshin pair x'D
The other pair should represent peonies, but I'm not very sure about it XD I love peonies!
Their hanakotoba is charming. I love how they are also usually paired with lions in tattooes :D
I read something about how lions, despite being feroucious creatures, can relax in a garden of peonies (about the same thing of tigers and bamboo), and the imagery struck my mind since then.
There was also an interesting demonstration of Shorinji Kenpo by the "Roman Branch" of the school.
Since I'm a fan of martial arts I had to see it-- I had no heart to give it a try, though XD The guys invited the audience to some practice on the spot after their demonstration.
It's an interesting discipline, and I am intrigued by how this is a Japanese version of Shaolin Kung-fu ("Shorinji" is nothing but the Japanese traslitteration of "Shaolin", in fact) and how it merged the martial art to Buddhist precepts.
So, I took my leave from the market around 6 pm, and after a little walk in the center, I finally decided to reach the location of the exhibition, which was the charming Quirinal Stables located on Quirinal Hill.
I arrived there around 7 pm (the "free" exhibition started at 7.30 pm) and this was the line:
It was around 800 meters long already T___T;
I finally managed to enter around 8.30 pm (T_T) and after getting rid of my coat and scarf at the wardrobe, the first statue that greeted me was the collossal Augustus from the museum of Arles (France).
--I'm using the pics from the catalogue, since taking pictures with a camera was forbidden):
It was over 3 meters tall and impressive o_o
The exhibition was meant to celebrate the bi-millenial of August's death, that happened in a location close to Naples (Nola) on the 14 a.C..
He was 76 years old, an impressive age to reach at those times.
Starting with this statue was the rightful choice, since here Augusts is portrayed as a God (in an "apparel" similar to Jupiter).
This statues was infact placed in a temple dedicated to him in the city of Arles, a temple dedicated to Augustus as a divus ("God").
Another portrait which story amused me, was the one about this bronze portrait of Augusts, now placed in the British Museum of London:
This was discovered buried under the entrance of a temple dedicated to great deceased kings in Meroe (Egypt).
It was so, so that everyone would have entered the temple would have stepped on Augustus face.
It was a way to humiliate one of their previous conquerors :'D
Another cool loan was this from Athens, a partial equestrian statue.
Here Augustus is portrayed while saluting gracefully the crowd, not as a warrior.
It was a statue to celebrate Augustus as a pacificator, someone who granted stability and peace all over the huge Roman empire.
This group of statues portrays Augustus and his two favourite nephews, Gaius (right) and Lucius (left), that he adopted instantly as sons to train them to suceed him. Unfortunately both boys died when they were extremely young (all his heirs, natural or adopted, died when they were very young!).
These come again from Greece, this time from the city of Korinthos, where was a huge temple dedicated to Augustus and his family.
Augustus head is veiled, this means that he's acting as a priest, here. The Emperor was also a pontifex in fact, the highest religious authority of the time.
The portraits of Lucius and Gaius are a bit troublesome. Since they are naked, it would have been implied that they were made after their deaths, since portraying a real person naked was a way to imply that he was dead, and he was now in a "divine" dimension: only gods are portrayed naked or half-naked.
But, again, it was in Greek style to portray living people naked, since that was a way to celebrate youth. Who knows if Lucius and Gaius were still alive when these statues were made..?
The "main dish" of the exhibition, though, were the incredibly popular statues of the so-called Augustus of 'Labicana street' (it refers to the place where it was found, BTW), portraying our man as pontifex maximus:
And obviously the beautiful and powerful Augustus of 'Prima Porta':
--It was a bit weird to have the impression that the most famous statues came from museums that you can check in Rome and weren't loaned from abroad ^_^;
Speaking of prestigious loans from international museums, what about the Medinaceli reliefs..?
The general idea is that they come from a temple dedicated to Augustus in the city of Pozzuoli (again, near Naples, to give you a general direction), and they are now preserved in various museums of Budapest (Hungary) and Cordoba (Spain) after a series of infinite adventures.
During this exposition it was possible to see them together, composed as they were supposed to look back in the days.
The first "cycle" depicts the epic battle of Actium, the other is a funeral procession, probably of Augustus himself.
Of course the exhibition was huge and filled with wonderful reperts and loans, but I just wanted to focus on the bits that left me an impression.
For further infos and pics of the masterpieces, you can check the website of the museum.
So, after I bought the catalogue of the exhibition, I decided to buy this interesting book too:
It's a sort of "touristic guide" set in Ancient Rome... I mean, how "tourists" from the antiquity saw Rome during their trips, and which were the hottest spots to visit at the time... Not only for sightseeing, but for shopping, food and-- SMEX ;D
It's really fun and interesting, filled with extra notes and "antique" pictures and maps!
I'm planning to put it in use and visit the city according to these "ancient directions" :'D It's going to be fun!
So, I got out of the museum around 10 pm, and I was starving XD
I decided to go back to the station and go to Eataly, where this time I picked a pasta dish :D
Since I was in the mood I opted for the "Roman recipe of the day", and I enjoyed a wonderful Gricia pasta ^_^
It was as good as it was expensive XD --YUMMY!!!
And this is the end of a wonderful night in Rome :D
--Now I'm back to my everyday life T_T; *works on both The Groom of the Shark update and on commissions at the same time*
Aaah! Sic transit Gloria Mundi, my friends..!
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