In the Eternal City

The final piece in my trilogy about my travels last spring (22″x34″), from the first place I visited. I knew it would be the toughest of the three pieces to do, and while I wish the background could be even more muted than it is, I am overall fairly happy with how it came out. This is from the Garden of the Vestals in the Roman Forum complex, which was filled with roses and lined with crumbled statues. It was truly humbling to be in a city that has seen continuous life for thousands of years, a place that is still vibrant, but where, everywhere you look, the history of countless generations is visible in layer after layer, and to walk through this particular complex and think of those who walked those very streets, the senators and emperors, Julius Caesar himself made real, well, it was quite powerful for this student of the Classics.

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