Galleria Borghese

On Christmas Eve Amy and I executed one of the most exciting ventures of our Roman holiday: a trip to the Galleria Borghese, which I had been salivating to see ever since Art Appreciation 102, and attend Christmas Mass at St. Peter’s in Vatican City. Yes. A large undertaking for one day, and it was planned down to the last detail.

The Borghese is without question in my top three of things to see and do in Rome. It contains not only paintings from Italy’s finest Renaissance and Baroque masters, but also sculptures by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, my favorite artist. So, as you can image, I was peeing my pants, while Amy was as calm and unnervingly tranquil as ever.

DSC_0425 DSC_0426 DSC_0427 DSC_0433 DSC_0434 DSC_0450 DSC_0452 DSC_0530 DSC_0531 DSC_0538 DSC_0595 DSC_0601Here begin the pictures of Bernini’s sculptures. I want you to scroll reverently, Gentle Reader. Reverently.
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DSC_0492DSC_0573DSC_0473DSC_0476DSC_0472DSC_0469DSC_0581DSC_0568DSC_0567DSC_0564DSC_0555The man was a genius. End point. After we circled the gallery twice we sadly left and walked through the Borghese gardens for a while to absorb the miracle that took place.

DSC_0615DSC_0627DSC_0629DSC_0638Here is the invitation that Aunt Makiko’s friend’s priest secured us for mass. I might gold plate mine and hang it above the mantle at home.DSC_0651DSC_0659Mass was fantastic. We met a lot of Argentinian people and enjoyed our time in the company of the Papa. Amy and I returned home with huge smiles on our faces, ready for Christmas Day.

Thanks for reading,

Kate and Amy, SL

Italian Phrase of the Day: Per favore, posso avere ancora un po’ di vino? | Please can I have some more wine?

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One thought on “Galleria Borghese

  1. Beautiful artwork! Amazingly detailed and life-like! AND…..in the picture that contains your reflection, I see your grandmother. Beautiful!

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