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River God

By Philip_H
One of the four river gods (representing the River Plate), on the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi or "Fountain of the Four Rivers" in Rome, Italy, located in the Piazza Navona. It was designed in 1651 by Gian Lorenzo Bernini for Pope Innocent X whose family palace, the Palazzo Pamphili, faced onto the piazza as did the church of Sant'Agnese in Agone of which Innocent was the sponsor.,

The base of the fountain is a basin from the centre of which travertine rocks rise to support four river gods and above them, an ancient Egyptian obelisk surmounted with the Pamphili family emblem of a dove with an olive twig. Collectively, they represent four major rivers of the four continents through which papal authority had spread: the Nile representing Africa, the Danube representing Europe, the Ganges representing Asia, and the Plate representing the Americas.

Thanks for all the C&Cs on 'Light of the Gods' and 'Reaching for the Heavens'.

Best wishes,
Philip

Tags: Rome Sculpture Architecture Fountain Italy River god River Plate Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi Fountain of the Four Rivers Church of SantAgnese in Agone Piazza Navona

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Comments


nonur Plus
7 17 11 Turkey
28 Aug 2012 10:22AM
Very good viewpoint and result and thank you for the write-up.

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28 Aug 2012 10:25AM
Art seen at its best ....
Fefe Plus
4 23 31 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2012 10:34AM
Great pov and presentationGrin
Diane
mrswoolybill Plus
9 971 1494 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2012 1:03PM
Excellent composition, it conveys a sense of wonder.
Moira
CaroleS Plus
6 423 3 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2012 3:45PM
A very good pov Philip and most interesting narrative.
Carole
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
28 Aug 2012 5:27PM
Thanks for your text-- a good pov here!
footloose 5 1 England
28 Aug 2012 6:28PM
Well recorded image,nice one.



Dennis
xwang 7 55 8
28 Aug 2012 6:33PM
Very nice POV, beautiful light control and excellent detail. Thanks for the writing up.
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
29 Aug 2012 1:21PM
Informative and interesting, Philip. I like your pov looking up towards the building.

Dave
29 Aug 2012 3:54PM
Good viewpoint and write-up

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