This is the latest of my Romanesque images, an abstract taken from the travertine wall outside the Museo dell’Ara Pacis.
Designed by American architect, Richard Meier, this controversial building houses the Ara Pacis of Augustus, a marble altar that has been at this location since 9 B.C. Opened in 2006, the museum was built to protect the ancient monument from the rigors of its urban environment.
The building is constructed from steel, travertine, glass and plaster. Travertine is a type of limestone that is frequently used in Italy as a building material. Both Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Michaelangelo used travertine in their creations. For further details of the museum, visit http://www.arapacis.it/en.