The picturesque city of Rome filled with art in all its nooks and crannies and marvelous architecture sites rich in history can be considered the capital of art, since it is the home to most of the important art pieces and architectural sites from the masters and geniuses of art, such as Michelangelo, Bernini, and Caravaggio. You are prone to find art, reminiscence of architectural sites and rich history either inside a museum or outside in the streets. This is one of the reasons why this city is so marvelous and magical.
As part of our summer in Rome program, we visited many museums, galleries and even saw countless of public art. Most art in Rome are public art, which means that art in any media is intentionally staged outside and accessible to everyone; there is no cost to pay in order to enjoy. Therefore, our class field trips were to open piazzas in Rome to appreciate, study and learn the history of art. I encountered myself constantly in awe with every piece of art I found around the city of Rome. I couldn’t believe that Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling in only four years, how the Trevi Fountain was designed and carved, how the Colosseum and Pantheon were built and how much detail all the Catholic churches have in Rome. The Romans were excellent in architecture and creating sculptures.
I’m passionate about art and I enjoyed every moment of it as I learned a lot through this program. However, when you have visited several museums and encountered art in every corner of Rome, you start to get a little tired of it. Not because it’s boring, but because you are overwhelmed with so much. It’s for this reason that I added a little fun to it. Roman/Greek sculptures are known for being relatively realistic in that period of time. However, they accentuate corporal and emotional expressions intensely, which makes it unrealistic and sometimes even funny. Therefore, as I saw one of my favorite sculptures such as the David and Laocoon, I also used Snapchat to make funny references out of the sculptures we were seeing.
By this time, my friends and I were jet-lagged and tired of intense weeks of walking everywhere. So when I started joking around with the sculptures, it enlightened the dynamic and mood of the group I was with. Also, I received a lot of messages from friends in Philadelphia, New York and Puerto Rico saying how I “made their day” with my snaps. Studying abroad is meant to learn more about a specific subject in another country, where you gain cultural knowledge, independence and create character. However, is also meant to have fun and I mixed both into one. Hope you enjoyed the “funny snaps” as well as my friends and try to come up with your owns.