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 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

The Deliverance of St. Peter– between reality and a vision

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The Deliverance of St. Peter– between reality and a vision

Here in front of our very eyes, a mysterious scene takes place, written down in the Gospel of St. Luke. We are in Jerusalem. Christ had been crucified a few years prior. The ruler of Judea, King Herod Agrippa I, had already for some time been wanting to appeal to the Jews and persecutes a sect of Christians (Jews believing in Christ). He orders one of Jesus’s companions – James to be executed and has Peter imprisoned. Why him? It seemed that Peter was the leader of the new religious movement. Locked in prison and guarded by four regiments (four soldiers in each) after the Passover...

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

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

Walking along the streets of Trastevere, if we sit weary from our trip, on one of the stony benches on the Mastai Square, our eyes will be faced with quite a challenge. Although, we can feel that the fancy fountain, which we have in front of us is not old, similarly to the square itself, it looks like a centuries-old structure in every inch. If this ignorance would make us feel uneasy, it is simply enough to read the inscription found on one of its walls. We can have no doubt – the fountain was not created until 1865.

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Antonio Canova’s funerary monument of Pope Clement XIV – a quiet grief of final parting

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Antonio Canova’s funerary monument of Pope Clement XIV – a quiet grief of final parting

A liberal, “the conqueror” of the Jesuits and the founder of the Museo Pio-Clementino (presently a part of the Vatican Museums) died in 1774. Eight years later, one of his nepots assigned a later large sum to put up an appropriate monument for the pope in the Basilica of Santi XII Apostoli. Its author Antonio Canova created a work that was new in form and expression, which at the blink of an eye made him famous throughout Europe. Funerary art, starting at that very moment, changed its face, making Canova into an innovator, while at the same time the best continuator of the great Gi...

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