I, along with the entire abroad program, visited the Capitoline Museums located in Palazzo Senatorio and Palazzo dei Conservatori, both designed by Michelangelo. We went to see a new exhibit featuring the sketches of Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, in addition to the collections of ancient sculptures and relics. The sculptures are mostly Roman but there are also small Greek and Egyptian collections. The most amazing part of the museum is actually the rooms themselves, built and designed by Michelangelo with carved gilded ceilings and painted frescoes on the walls.
The featured exhibit, with the sketches of Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, was truly inspiring. Most importantly it taught me that I can sketch all of my ideas without having to worry about how good the drawings are. As talented as Michelangelo and Leonardo obviously were, some of their sketches, as they thought through their pencil, were surprisingly average. An important skill that I hope to acquire while here in Rome.