Roman Holiday – Part 1
Ahh… Roman Holiday, a 60s romantic chick flick with actress Audrey Hepburn shot in the city of Rome.
A rather interesting city – modern and yet with pockets of historical sites, with excavation still on-going in some sites. Almost felt like traveling in a time machine viewing snippets of the city once ruled under the Roman empire.
How would one goes to Rome without paying a visit to the Pope at his residence!
I would recommend spending a day in Vatican city. There are many areas to cover and things to see: the St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Square, etc… It has many sculptures, paintings, artefacts from the ancient Roman empire and Egypt civilisation. And I managed to cover some parts of the exhibitions and it was a brief encounter. To really appreciate all these exhibits would take 2 – 3 days.
According to the guide Michel Angelo had to paint the ceiling when the plaster was wet. I can imagine the execution had to be fast and accurate. Any error would mean the artist had to re-plaster the ceiling, mixing the colours and paint the scene again.
Something is off with this Madonna and Child sculpture – the dimension. The body frame of Mary is too wide or big for a woman. Typically a Madonna and Child image is Mary holding a baby Jesus instead of grown man. And the face of Mary in this sculpture is a young lady. Hence, the error of the dimension and the use of young Mary is intentional. So, what’s the message that Michel is conveying? Hmm…
I did climb up to the roof top of the dome to catch an aerial view of St Peter’s Square. Fortunately, it was a clear blue sky with no clouds in sight and the view was breath taking.
The way up got me appreciate all the mosaic on the walls and ceilings. They were painstakingly stuck to the wall with little room for mistakes. And the steps to the roof top were steep and narrow, enough for a person. There was a section where there is without any arm support only a rope hanging from the pinnacle to hold on to.