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Located in the Piazza Barberini in Rome, the Triton Fountain was commissioned by Pope Urban VIII and sculpted by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The fountain has a base of four dolphins whose tails mesh together to support an enormous shell. Seated upon the shell, Triton blows into his conch. The intention behind the fountain was to create a water display that would provide an architectural reminder of the water supply provided by the Acqua Felice acqueducts, also commissioned by Urban VIII.

 

 

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On the right end of the portico in St. Peter's Basilica stands one of Bernini's masterpieces, an equestrian statue of Constantine. It was commissioned to Bernini in 1654 by Pope Innocent X, and completed in 1670. The astonished emperor is on horseback looking high at the appearance of the cross, with a drapery behind him fluttering in the wind. The statue is completed by the cross and the inscription "In hoc signo vinces", (By this symbol you will win). On the left end of the portico is a statue of Charlemagne, and the two wings of the basilica's colonnade are named for the corresponding side's statue.

 

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I have to say that I enjoy your posts very much. You do a wonderful thing in making the notes far more interesting with the "history" lesson and the photo. I thank you for this.

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On the right end of the portico in St. Peter's Basilica stands one of Bernini's masterpieces, an equestrian statue of Constantine. It was commissioned to Bernini in 1654 by Pope Innocent X, and completed in 1670. The astonished emperor is on horseback looking high at the appearance of the cross, with a drapery behind him fluttering in the wind. The statue is completed by the cross and the inscription "In hoc signo vinces", (By this symbol you will win). On the left end of the portico is a statue of Charlemagne, and the two wings of the basilica's colonnade are named for the corresponding side's statue.

 

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Well done research and explanation. I enjoy the historical background relating to the notes. :ninja:

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