Ancient Rome

Fountain of Moses

Fountain of Moses

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Sketch from inside the Pantheon

It is impossible to to take a single step anywhere in the city of Rome without encountering visible remnants of the old empire. You are literally standing on layer upon layer of history. As we walk from Termini, the main train station, to our hotel we come face to face with the Baths of Diocletian. The following morning I planned on making an early morning trip to the Pantheon but taking a wrong turn I ended up at the site of Nero’s Golden Horde. I could see the Coliseum and the Forum but was far from the Pantheon. I made a cursory walk past the Forum and ColiseuIMG_4228 m. The lines were full of Dutch Football fans, a foreshadowing of our adventures later in the day. I made my trek across Rome to the neighborhood of the Pantheon. As I made my way to the site I passed a gaggle of priest. Apparently, the Pontifical University of Rome is nearby. I was able to spend several hours sketching and admiring the Pantheon. The Pantheon is still a functioning church even to this day. The fact that it was reconsecrated as a church is likely the reason it has survived in such a good state today.IMG_4229 IMG_4231

About Denis

A graduate of the University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art; I have been drawing and painting ever since I can remember. I have always been inspired by the art of Romantic painters such as Eugene Delacroix, John Constable and W.M. Turner. I consider myself a modern Romantic seeking to capture the emotion or feeling of a subject above all else. Charles Baudelaire described Romanticism as "...situated neither in choice of subject nor exact truth, but in the way of feeling".
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