Seattle Asian Art Museum

Unlike the Seattle Art Museum, the Asian Museum can be visited with no parking fee and, at the same time you can take in the lovely Volunteer Park Conservatory, located a short walk away. The museum itself seems like a piece of art, (art deco) an appropriate setting to view ancient art from China, Korea, Japan and India of the permanent collection. There are stone carvings from India, kiln ware from China, scrolls from both China and Japan and Japanese woodblock prints. Superbly shaped vessels, such as vases and urns are also on display. Visiting shows are usually well worth taking in. You can learn a great deal about cultural and historical movements through the lens of art. In addition to showing pieces from far off places, Seattle artists of Asian descent are well represented. Some are former UW art professors. Outside, Black Sun by Isamu Noguchi looms over the park’s reservoir and downtown Seattle. SAAM is located at 1400 East Prospect Street, Volunteer Park,Seattle, WA 98112



Villa Borghese-Rome

An extravagant villa transformed into a museum called Museo Borghese, houses fascinating sculptures by Bernini. Ornate furniture in all the rooms makes it seem like someone actually lives there. Bernini’s sculptures are positioned in the rooms so that you can stand right next to them and wonder at their expressiveness and intricacies from any angle you choose. You will be amazed at what Bernini could create out of marble-they almost breathe! You can feel the terror of Persephone as she is being carried off to the underworld by Pluto, the determination of David to defeat Goliath and the sprightliness of Daphne, chased by Apollo, as she turns into a tree right before our eyes. Even if you buy advanced tickets online you will usually have to wait a bit to enter the museum. Once inside, you will have an allotted amount of time to see the art.

The National Museum of Rome

Here Rome’s history is laid out by its sculptures, from rise to fall. My favorite exhibit in this museum is the collection of frescoes from the villa of Livia, wife of Augustus. Dark blues and delicate plants and birds adorned her indoor garden.