Light Upon…Ancient Faces

photography by Mauro BENEDETTI


The Capitoline Museum in Rome is a treasure trove of Italian antiquities, including three grand rooms dedicated solely to the preferred form of portraiture in B.C. Rome: sculptural busts. Gods, goddesses, philosophers, statesmen, famous families (and even their dogs) were all memorialized in stone…not so dissimilar from the faces glimpsed on the museum’s surrounding streets.