Trevi Fountain: Overall view of fountain with the facade of Palazzo Poli

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Description

Its construction was extremely protracted, but as early as 1735 the architectural framework was complete, and by Salvi’s death the ornamental rock formations and full-scale models of most of the sculpture were in place. The fountain is the most monumental water display in Rome and represents the culmination of a tradition of combining water and sculpture within an elaborate architectural setting. Salvi treated an existing façade of the Palazzo Poli as a nine-bay unit with the central three bays articulated with attached Corinthian columns suggesting an antique triumphal arch. The central bay is treated as a giant niche, which frames Maini’s free-standing figure of Oceanus, from which the sculptural scheme and the waters of the fountain seem to flow into a large rock basin. An attic storey above the central niche is surmounted by a coat of arms of Clement XII and incorporates statues representing the Four Seasons, part of a complex iconographic scheme emphasizing the important role of water in nature. Giovanni Battista Maini executed the Oceanus group as drawings and models from 1734. His final full-scale stucco figures, later carved in marble by Pietro Bracci, were placed on the fountain between 1743 and 1759.

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Attribute NameValues
Alternate Title
  • Fontana di Trevi

Creator
  • G. Massiot & cie

Subject
  • Fountains

  • Palaces

  • Sculpture, Italian

Date Created
  • 1910-01-01

Date Digitized
  • 2007-01-01

Cultural Context
  • Baroque

Place of Creation
  • Rome, Lazio, Italy: Piazza di Trevi, in front of Palazzo Poli

  • Rome

  • +41.900875+12.483167

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Temporal Coverage
  • before or circa 1910

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