A dramatic Baroque masterpiece, the Trevi Fountain is a fountain in the Trevi district in Rome, Italy, designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Giuseppe Pannini and several others. It’s one of the most famous fountains in the world.

 

Trevi fountain tells a story. The statues and reliefs incorporated into the fountain are allegorical, each symbolizing and conveying a specific concept.

 

The backdrop for the fountain is the Palazzo Poli. Taming of the waters is the theme of the gigantic scheme that tumbles forward, mixing water and rockwork, and filling the small square.

 

In the centre of the fountain is a statue of Oceanus, standing under a triumphal arch. His chariot is being pulled by two sea horses, one wild and one docile, representing the opposing moods of the sea.

Two Tritons are leading the horses, the older Triton holding a twisted shell to announce their passage.

 

In the centre, a robustly-modelled triumphal arch is superimposed on the palazzo façade. The centre 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.

 

Left of the arch is the statue of Abundance. She is holding a horn of plenty and at her feet lies a toppled vase. The relief above her illustrates Agrippa commanding his generals to build the aqueduct.

The statue of Health stands right of the arch. She is crowned with a wreath of laurel and holds a cup from which a snake drinks. Above, bas reliefs illustrate the Roman origin of the aqueducts.

 

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