Miguel’s Page


Hi, my name is Miguel Gomez. I’m from Richmond, CA and I’m a Nursing Major at Holy Names University. This Study Abroad program is important to me is because new experiences changes a person, it adds not just knowledge to a person but a sense of opening one’s self to a whole new culture that in turn adds to one persona. I believe with the Rome Prize Study Abroad program, I will gain something that will make me into a better Nurse in the future and also I will discover something about myself that maybe I never knew about. In all, I’d like to give thanks to the people who made this happen, especially all the Donors, grazie mille! (Thanks a million!)

9 Responses to Miguel’s Page

  1. Miguel Gomez says:

    What I studied in the Arts of Rome course that I look forward to viewing and analyzing in Italy:

    How is Raffaello’s Marriage of the Virgin Mary similar to that of Perugino’s Christ giving the Keys to St. Peter? Compare and contrast.

    The atmosphere of Raffaello’s painting has the same vibe from Perugino’s painting because they are both in a city like setting with architecture in the back and nature behind the architecture. There are also people in the very front on both paintings and they both contain the important figures right at the center of the painting. Another similarity is the pattern on the ground; the lines on the ground lead the viewer’s eyes towards the church at the center of the painting which shows the importance of the idea of the church during that time.
    Although these paintings are similar, they are also very different. One main difference is the compostion. In Raffaello’s, Mary is getting married while in Perugino’s, Christ is giving the keys to St. Peter. Another major difference is that there are more people in Perugino’s painting giving it more like a city style while in Raffaello’s, it’s more intimate since it’s a wedding type setting. Another thing is that the church at the center in Perugino’s painting is darkened, while in Raffaello’s you can see right through it. This symbolizes that Perugino believes that the church is only for certain people while Raffaello believes it’s open to anyone, at least that’s my interpretation of it. Lastly, in Perugino, he has an additional two buildings on each side of the painting while in Raffaello’s, he has the church right in the center, which I believe he means that the church is the most important building.

  2. Miguel Gomez says:

    Reflection/observation 6/26/14 5:33pm

    “I’m sitting here on the steps of the fountain in front of the Pantheon. I can’t help but to stare at the Pantheon. It’s so beautiful. After every word I write I keep looking up to it. The dome portion and the oculus of this temple is absolutely amazing and it gives me the feeling of that being the entry to the heart and soul of this temple. The corinthian columns in the entrance are stunning and what still throws me off is that the temple looks like it’s sinking. “

  3. Miguel Gomez says:

    Reflection/observation 7/2/14 11:13am

    “I SAW THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE MADONNA by Fra Angelico! One of my favorite versions of this painting! This painting is way better in person and I think the only way to enjoy it. On a textbook, you wouldn’t be able to notice the glitter on the wings of the angel which most definitely adds more life to the painting. Also, being able to see the painting up close and seeing every stroke of the brush and the deterioration of the paint. It’s just really a sight to see. Not only this painting, but seeing Angelico’s frescos in all the other rooms is also fascinating. “

  4. Miguel Gomez says:

    7/3/14 10:57am “Church near the Square” (Piazza di San’t Espiritu)

  5. Miguel Gomez says:

    7/7/14 9:23pm “Swan Lake” (Caracalla baths)

  6. Miguel Gomez says:

    7/9/14 3:50pm “reading at the convent” (convent)

  7. Miguel Gomez says:

    7/7/14 9:23pm “Swan Lake” (Caracalla baths)

    This felt like a Greek influence scene. The Greeks would use their surroundings in order to make a theater decorative. In this case, people use the Caracalla Ruins as something decorative to the events that go on.

  8. Miguel Gomez says:

    7/3/14 10:57am “Church near the Square” (Piazza di San’t Espiritu)

    This was the last sketch I did in Florence. We were sitting in a plaza called “Piazza di San’t Espiritu” and as one of the last assignments in Florence, we were asked to sketch something. This church was literally in front of the square it’s simplicity made me love it. I think this has to be one of the most simplest churches I’ve seen in both Florence and Rome.

  9. Miguel Gomez says:

    7/9/14 3:50pm “reading at the convent” (convent)

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