Rascals, prostitutes, transvestites, rogues, gamblers, drunkards: ancient Rome was not only about the beautiful buildings remains still standing today. An exhibit at French Academy currently throws light on the darkest atmospheres and figures of Seventeenth century Rome, at the time of the Pope’s greatest political strenght. That was also Caravaggio’s time, and like him a great number of artists used to gather in the Eternal City to enjoy her immortal beauty. But exactly like him, many of these artists (from France, Spain, Netherlands) ended up to hang out in the gutter swarming about the people they would have subsequently immortalize in their paintings.
Set up in cooperation with Petit Palais of Paris, “The Baroque Underworld: Vice and Dereliction in Rome” is the first exhibit of its kind.
Where: Villa Medici, Viale della Trinità dei Monti (5 minutes walk from the Spanish Steps).
When: until 18 January 2015, Tue-Sun 10:45am-1pm and 2-7pm.
From Yes Hotel catch metro line A and get off at the the third stop: Spagna.