25 March 2006

Fountain of the Rivers by Bernini

Here a suggestive image of Fountain of the Rivers by Bernini that supports the Egyptian Obelisk originally placed in the circus of Massenzio; on the flanges of the reef are dressed the personifications of the four rivers realised by the collaborators of the maestro Bernini:the Danube of Raggi, the Ganges of Poussin, the Rio della Plata of Baratta and the Nile by Fancelli.
Here in the photo you can notice The Rio della Plata that would have the hand raised to protect itself from the collapse of the façade of the Church of Sant'Agnese in Agone for the refusal to see the work of Borromini (the church) ; in the same way the inhabitants of Rome are seeing, on the gesture of Sant'Agnese, who is touching his breast with the hand, the insurance that Borromini himself wanted to give concerning the fact that his church would not have collapsed.

Qui una suggestiva immagine della Fontana dei Fiumi del Bernini che supporta al centro l'obelisco egizio che originariamente si trovava nel circo di Massenzio; sulle sporgenze della scogliera si ergono le personificazioni dei quattro fiumi realizzati dai collaboratori del maestro: il Danubio dal Raggi, il Gange dal Poussin, il Rio della Plata dal Baratta ed il Nilo dal Fancelli. Qui nella foto è possibile notare il Rio della Plata che avrebbe la mano alzata come a ripararsi dal crollo della facciata della Chiesa di Sant'Agnese in Agone fatta dal Borromini; allo stesso modo gli abitanti di Roma vedono nel gesto di Sant'Agnese, che si tocca il petto con la mano, l'assicurazione che il Borromini stesso volle dare circa il fatto che la sua chiesa non sarebbe caduta.


Karine said...

Extremely nice shot! What lense did you use to create that effect?

Rodney said...

Nice shot Joe. I love Piazza Navona and I like the tips you gave us about the Piazza. Thanks

Sam said...

Very pretty picture!!!

Joe said...

I've used a fisheye 16 to obtain this effect.
Thanks to all

Stefan G said...

this is indeed an amazing picture. you really make me realize how much i need to visit rome :)

zbjernak said...

really nice shot
good POV
and great description too

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