Michelangelo and Fra Angelico: Two Renaissance Greats Who Died on the Same Day

Michelangelo and Fra Angelico were Italian Renaissance artists who died on the same day (many years apart).

Michelangelo in Rome: His Frescoes in the Sistine Chapel and Beyond

Michelangelo Buonarotti is most associated with Rome because of his masterpieces in the Sistine Chapel. But his work is all over the capital and it is well worth the effort to seek it out.

Photos: On the Capitoline Hill

Marcus Aurelius statue on the Capitoline Hill. Note that this statue is a copy. The original is housed inside the Capitoline Museums, also located on this hill.
Marcus Aurelius statue on the Capitoline Hill. Note that this statue is a copy. The original is housed inside the Capitoline Museums, also located on this hill.

If you climb the Capitoline Hill from the back, it is not really clear what wonderful views await you. It’s also not clear that this was once the site of ancient Rome’s most high profile executions. Roman executioners flung the empire’s traitors off of the Tarpeian Rock, which is today an overgrown, nondescript spur on an otherwise illustrious hill. (Side note: Rome probably has more history hidden from view than other cities have in total.)

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