The very beautiful Piazza del Campidoglio was designed by Michelangelo. The plaza has an equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius, which is a copy of what is in the Capitoline Museums to conserve it. The Palazzo Nuevo and the Palazzo dei Conservatori on this plaza are part of the Capitoline Museums. These museums contain some of the greatest pieces of classical sculpture in the world. The courtyard has the statue of Marforio in the courtyard and it was found in the 16th century and may represent the Tiber. The museum was built in the 17th century. The museum has the original bronze equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius, which was the only bronze equestrian statue to survive from ancient Rome.
Among the famous sculptures is the Dying Gaul. This is a beautiful but very sad image of a warrior from Gaul who is dying. The other famous sculptures are the Capitoline Venus, the She-Wolf that represents Rome (with Romulus and Remus suckling from her), and Spinario (which shows a young boy pulling a thorn from his foot) and Bernini’s Medusa. The Room of the emperors has 65 busts of the Roman emperors. There is a Picture Gallery which contains very good paintings that include Caravaggio’s Fortune Teller and John the Baptist. The museum has an excellent view of the Roman forum. The cafeteria allows one to have a bird’s eye view of the city.
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