Fountains

Fountains

Fontana dei Catecumeni – a café under the open sky

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Fontana dei Dioscuri – a monument of modern times put together with antique parts

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Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi – a symbol of greatness of the Catholic Church and the Pamphilj family

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Fontana del Mascherone di Santa Sabina – a charming, but undervalued Roman mascaron

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Fontana del Moro – African exoticism in the center of the city

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Fontana del Nettuno – a story of a water reservoir transformed into an elegant fountain

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Fontana del Prigione – but where is the prisoner?

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Fontana dell'Acqua Felice (Fontana del Mosè) – a camouflaged papal monument

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Fontana dell’Acqua Paola – a monument to the glory of Pope Paul V and the Borghese family

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Fontana della Rotonda – a work of papal ambitions and persistence

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Fontana della Terrina – from a litter bin to a gigantic soup bowl

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Fontana delle Amfore – a picturesque relict of Fascist times

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Fontana delle Tartarughe - meaning more haste less speed

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Fontana di Marforio – peregrinations of an ancient statue

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Fontana di Piazza Colonna – a grand idea and a rather modest implementation

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Fontana di Piazza Mastai – an old or a new fountain, here is the question

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Fontana di Trevi – a symbol of dolce vita and Rome’s greatest attraction

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Fontane di Piazza San Pietro – water fireworks at St. Peter’s Square

Saint Jerome (between 331 and 347 – 420) – „Romans hide your daughters because Jerome is coming”

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Saint Jerome (between 331 and 347 – 420) – „Romans hide your daughters because Jerome is coming”

We are familiar with this interpreter of the Bible mainly from images showing his old, rachitic body. However, behind the official façade of a hermit and erudite hides a man prone to conflicts and uncompromising, whose figure is willingly (today) recalled by those who, on one hand, want to show his misogyny, and on the other those who would like to prove that his attitude is the best evidence of valuing women in the late-antiquity Church. And where was the actual truth?

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Polet Chapel – a monument to the counter-reformation virtues of a French wine merchant

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Polet Chapel – a monument to the counter-reformation virtues of a French wine merchant

The Roman career of  Domenichino was hanging by a thread. First the death of Pope Clement VIII, whose nepot (Pietro Aldobrandini) was the artist’s patron, and then the death of his master Annibale Carracci (1609) meant that commissions no longer came. And only on the eve of his departure for Bologna, the painter obtained a very prestigious commission, namely the painting of The Last Communion of St Jerome, to be quickly followed by a series of frescoes concerning the life of St. Cecilia. These frescoes were ordered by a wealthy merchant as an element of the decoration of the Roman F...

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Domenichino’s The Last Communion of St. Jerome – a work about the superiority of communion under one kind

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Domenichino’s The Last Communion of St. Jerome – a work about the superiority of communion under one kind

When in 1614 this painting was hung at the main altar of the Church of San Girolamo della Carità at via Monserrato, it aroused such a great admiration, that the inhabitants of Rome went on veritable pilgrimages to visit it, praising its religious depth, power of expression, and realism. The work as well as its creator – Domenichino, were the talk of the entire artistic world. Only one man looked upon them with skepticism and jealousy. This was, the well-known in the city on the Tiber painter Lanfranco. A few years later he accused Domenichino of plagiarism, desiring to cover him i...

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