Sunday, October 9, 2016

Italy Blog #55: Rome: The Vatican Museum part 2: Stolen Marble and statues, Laocoon and more

This is part 2 of a look at the historic statues and treasures accumulated in the Vatican. They were gathered (or taken) from around the world. Favorite galleries of ours included the Ancient Greek and Ancient Roman galleries. - You'll learn about the statue of Laocoon, when the museum came to be, where the stolen marble came from to build the Vatican and more.

There were literally thousands of statues, too many to focus on any, really.

The statue of Laocoön and His Sons also called the "Laocoön group." is a 1st-century BC statue. The figures are near life-size and the group is a little over 2 m (6 ft 7 in) in height, showing the Trojan priest Laocoön and his sons Antiphantes and Thymbraeus being attacked by sea serpents.It was excavated in Rome in 1506 and placed on public display in the Vatican. FAST FACT: Michelangelo fashioned his sculptures after this statute.
The Laocoön group in the Vatican Museums.

WHEN DID THIS BECOME A MUSEUM?- In the 1700s the Vatican palaces were converted to museums to house the Greek and Roman sculptures. -
WHERE WERE THE STATUES FOUND?  Underground and from private collections. There were others that were stolen from "pagan" churches.

We loved the statues of the dogs
STOLEN MARBLE - The Vatican and its palaces literally stole and stripped marble from "pagan" churches, too. They used that marble to build christian churches over 500 years. All of that pillaging took it's toll on the churches that worshiped the Roman Gods and Goddesses and they fell into disrepair and collapse.  Repeated flooding also covered those ancient churches with mud. So in the 1500s and 1600s the popes were rebuilding Rome and saw nothing wrong with pillaging the ancient churches.

inlaid tile
ANIMAL GALLERY / DOG STATUE - We did love the statue of a dog that we saw in another gallery.
The Hercules Rotunda in the Pio Clementino wing of the Vatican Museums.

NEXT: Sistine Chapel and Jubilee Madness


Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next