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The Capitoline Museum is Rome’s main warehouse of ancient sculpture along with other classical art through the Renaissance etc. It was built on Capitoline Hill (In fact the word “capitol” is derived from this important place in Rome.) on the ruins of the temple of Jupiter. It overlooks the Roman forum which you’ll see in the pictures. Her’s a picture of my favorite statue. It’s A bronze sculpture known as the Capitoline Wolf (Lupa Capitolina), and She’s become the emblem of Rome.
This picture from this set is actually from the church next door. A statue of Pope Leo X. That’s actually his tomb in the church next door the church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli. He was the Pope when Martin Luther started the Reformation. Kinda buggy eyed looking dude.
Here’s the rest of the set:
I just Spent 2 weeks in Rome. Good times.
Here’s Part one of a ton of pictures I took in 3D. These in this post are from the first couple days: mostly just at the Vatican Museum. The Picture above is one of the most famous sculptures there called Laocoön and His Sons. It’s got a good story behind it. From from the myth that inspired it, to the history of the sculpture itself. It was made in Greece and discovered during the Renaissance. Michelangelo thought it was so rad he told the Pope to bring it to the Vatican so he could study it.
More posts will come later.
Yesterday I went to the American Museum of Natural History here in New York and checked out the Exhibit called Race to the End of the Earth. It is about how Roald Amundsen of Norway and Robert Falcon Scott of England were both trying to reach the South Pole at the same time in 1911. It was an epic race (although it didnt start out as a race). Quite a story, and rather than trying to retell it myself you should visit the American Museum of Natural History’s Race to the End of the Earth Site. Or listen to NPR’s story about the exhibit on Science Friday. I’ll just say, one team had an easier time than the other.
Scott saw the trip as a scientific expedition. So he took along about 60 men, many of them scientists, and planed to collect specimens and document what he saw. Here’s a camera Scott took along.
And a movie camera:
He brought materials to build cabins. The museum had a replica of part of Scott’s office/bedoom.
Amundsen had different ideas about how to explore the arctic. As a Norwegian, he had confidence in his men’s skiing abilities for one thing. But he also decided to use techniques of inuit peoples he had previously encountered to his advantage. instead of cabins his living spaces and basecamp looked more like Echo Base on Hoth.
Scott thought he had technology on his side. He brought along several motorized sledges. This diorama depicts a sledge breaking down and the men realizing they’d have to haul this stuff with man-power.
Scott also had the great idea of using the noble pony as the pack animal of choice. Ernest Shackelton had used ponies, and what was good enough for Shackelton was good enough for Scott. This miniature depicts the little coats the had to give the ponies and the snow wall they had to build to block the wind to protect the ponies from the extreme cold.
I won’t tell you what happened to the Ponies.
Amundsen, of course had learned that the real pack animal you have to have in this climate is the rough and tumble sled dog.
This little scene gives you an idea of how miserably cold it was. These men are storing supplies along the route to use on the trip back.
I won’t tell you how it turned out. I will tell you not all of those return supplies were utilized. Go visit the museum if you can or check out these links:
American Museum of Natural History’s Race to the End of the Earth Site
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