Monday, October 4, 2010

Triton Fountain

Posted by Kero at Monday, October 04, 2010
Piazza Barberini is the first square we visited in Rome. In the middle greets Fontana del Tritone, made by famous Baroque Sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Fontana del Tritone in Piazza Barberini
The fountain was completed 1643. At its center rises a larger than life size muscular Triton, a minor sea god of ancient Greco-Roman legend. It is depicted as a merman kneeling on the sum of four dolphin tailfins. His head is thrown back and his arms raise a huge sea shell to his lips. From it, a  jet of water spurts. They say, it used to be higher in the early days.

Triton Fountain detail

The fountain has a base of four dolphins that entwine the papal tiara with crossed keys and the Barberini coat-of-arms symbol - the three bees - in their scaly tails.

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witsandnuts on October 5, 2010 at 7:47 AM said...

I'm reading Eat, Pray, Love and there were mentions of several fountains in Italy.

ewok1993 on October 6, 2010 at 8:55 AM said...

the beauty of european city it seems they have fountains at every street block. this one's really pretty.

J Bar on October 6, 2010 at 9:19 AM said...

Wonderful fountain.
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Rossel on October 6, 2010 at 12:10 PM said...

not only the buildings in Italy are stunning but fountains as well.
my entry is here. have a great day!

Rossel on October 6, 2010 at 12:10 PM said...

not only the buildings in Italy are stunning but fountains as well.
my entry is here. have a great day!

Luna Miranda on October 6, 2010 at 12:22 PM said...

i love the whimsical details of this fountain. i wish i could see this up close and personal someday.:p

Greyscale Territory on October 6, 2010 at 12:58 PM said...

So much creative attention to detail in this fountain! Lovely photos!

wall fountain on October 8, 2010 at 2:13 PM said...

Hey Wonder full!!!

So much creative design of this fountain.

 

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