My favorite part of the museum is definitely the sculptures on the first and second floors. There are tons of them.
There were a handful that were most impressive and that are considered the most artistically significant. Because the museum was pretty empty, because they allow you to take pictures, and because there are no barriers whatsoever between you and the works, you can get close up and personal for photos of these ancient masterpieces. My faves:
|The Boxer, from the 1st century BC|
|An incredibly detailed and dramatic sarcophagus|
|The Discus Thrower. Graceful perfection.|
|A crouching Aphrodite. This came from Hadrian's Villa. I'm sure you recall that Yonkel and I went there in late May.|
|This is the famed Sleeping Hermaphrodite, from the 2nd century BC. When I initially saw the statue from this angle, I wondered how they knew the person was a hermaphrodite. But then I viewed the statue from the other side.|
|From this angle, there is little doubt.|
You have to be responsive to your readership, si? OK, well, in response to a commenter -- who is a big fan of mosaics and frescoes -- I'm adding here a couple more photos from the third floor of the Museo Nazionale Romano: Palazzo alle Terme. These are some of the mosaics I liked most.
I want to point out, once again, that these are from the ancient Roman period. I've been seeing lots of mosaics during this anno sabatico. They are all over the place in the churches and museums of Italia and there were lots too in Istanbul and Paris. But, most of what I've been seeing is from much later on -- from the Middle Ages or from the latter half of the first millennium A.D. The ones in this museum are from 2,000+ years ago!