new icn messageflickr-free-ic3d pan white
Bernini's Armadillo | by Tony Lupo
Back to photostream

Bernini's Armadillo

The Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi ("Fountain of the Four Rivers") represents one river from each of the four known continents at the time. Each river is surrounded by a few sculptures of plants and animals found on that continent.

 

The only continent Bernini had never personally been to was America (North & South were considered one continent), so he had a friend describe an Armadillo to him. This was how Bernini interpreted the description. Awesome!

4,730 views
16 faves
4 comments
Taken on July 23, 2005