Pentecost, Vatican City, and Gallery of Art Temple University Rome

Art Travels

Vernal Pools at Gallery of Art Temple University Rome

This week I assisted one of my mentors, Zdenko Krtic (website here), with installing his newest show at the Gallery of Art, which is a part of the Temple University Rome program. It was really phenomenal to work with an artist who has completed two artist residencies with the American Academy in Rome. For this show, he created beautiful encausted works on paper. The show, Verneal Pools, opens Wednesday June 3 from 7 to 9 pm, and then May 31 through June 12, 2015. More information can be found here.

Pentecost at the Pantheon

Pentecost at the Pantheon

Pentecost at the Pantheon

I also attended the wonderful Pentecost Mass at the Pantheon. While I stood for three hours waiting for the dropping of the rose petals, ever second was worth it. The choir filled the room; it was amazing to be able to observe the Pantheon for an extended period of time. Now whenever I walk by the Pantheon on my way to my favorite art supply store, I am struck by a strange feeling of familiarity with this ancient landmark.

The Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s Basilica

Today was insane, with art attacking me from every angle. The instant you step in to the Vatican Musuem, pieces critical to the history of art start popping up everywhere. Laocoön and His Sons was smaller than I expected, while Raphael’s The School of Athens  was a massive painting frescoed in a tiny room. In the gallery above, I have included some of my favorite pieces. I stayed for hours, but it feels like I only saw a fraction of the work to be seen. St. Peter’s Basilica is overwhelmingly massive ‐ photos could never do the place justice. Rome is so much more than I could ever imagined. Soon, I will start making larger works on paper responding to my surroundings. In the meantime, I plan on continuing to sketch and observe as much as possible.