Fontana di Trevi



The backdrop for the Trevi’s fountain is the Palazzo Poli, given a new facade with a giant order of Corinthian pilasters that link the two main stories. Taming of the waters is the theme of the gigantic scheme that tumbles forward, mixing water and rockwork, and filling the small square. Tritons guide Oceanus’ shell chariot, taming seahorses (hippocamps).

In the center is superimposed a robustly modelled triumphal arch. The center niche or exedra framing Oceanus has free-standing columns for maximal light-and-shade. In the niches flanking Oceanus, Abundance spills water from her urn and Salubrity holds a cup from which a snake drinks. Above, bas reliefs illustrate the Roman origin of the aqueducts.

The tritons and horses provide symmetrical balance, with the maximum contrast in their mood and poses (by 1730, rococo was already in full bloom in France and Germany).

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21 Comments

  1. A brilliant composition. The tones, details and contrasts are exceptional. A stunning work of art. Superb processing!

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  2. Great processing, as John says stunning piece of art.

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  3. I agree with John. The detail here is damn cool. I think I wanna retire and live in Europe.

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  4. the processing here is seriously exceptional. I can imagine how a bunch of tourists can ruin a masterpiece of a shot. This is a great one.

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  5. Lovely HDR and desaturation. I really like how you made the photo get that painted feeling.

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  6. Le cadrage me plaît beaucoup et le traitement original convient bien.

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  7. Stunning capture, I rember being there as a little child and trowwing money into the fountain … there should be some Belgium Francs in it from me! Well done and thanks for the memories.

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  8. La fontana me gusta desde todos los ángulos, en todos los colores y de día o de noche… preciosa foto!! Saludos.

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  9. I really like the colors in this shot. People at the buttom of the image give a lot of action to this shot.

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