Pocket-sized Piazza San Pietro, Vatican City

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    looking out on Rome from Vatican City -- best viewed large to better see the details;

    click here for the original, life-sized photo of Bernini's exedrae in front of St. Peter's.

    "...the austere simplicity of [Bernini's] designs of 1656, carried out over many years, for the enclosure of the whole piazza in front of Saint Peter's by means of two facing exedrae of Tuscan columns, each four columns in depth, supporting an unbroken entabulature, surmounted by a statue above each column on the inner row...The dynamism of the design lies in the power of its movement; it suggests two gigantic arms outstretched to embrace the approaching pilgrim. The intended climactic effect of this experience of space and light, intense when one emerged into the piazza from the narrow dark adjacent streets, was unfortunately lost when the area between the piazza and the Tiber was modernized in the 1930s."

    -- Frederick Hartt, ART: a History of Painting, Sculpture, Architecture

    for more information on Bernini's brilliant work here, read this.

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    amber {in the shadow of za'ha'dum}, and 17 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. phill.d 93 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called It's all nicey nicey in tilt-shift Toy town land, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    2. xopherlance 91 months ago | reply

      grazie, sirixception!

    3. xopherlance 90 months ago | reply

      muchas gracias, petrosyuk!

    4. Daniel James Murphy 82 months ago | reply

      It looks like a child's toy set...neat

    5. xopherlance 81 months ago | reply

      Thanks, alankin!

    6. Maira Wenzel 79 months ago | reply

      I love tilt-shifts! Nicely done...

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    7. xopherlance 79 months ago | reply

      obrigado maira!

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