Altobelli and Moulins Fountain of the Four Rivers, Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy
Medium Albumen print from wet plate negative
Mount on original mount
Photo Date 1850s Print Date 1861c
Dimensions 10-9/16 x 14-5/8 in. (268 x 371 mm)
Photo Country Italy
Photographer Country Italy
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
Title and negative number reversed out of negative at bottom left. A beautiful print with rich tones. The men talking and asleep add a human and humorous touch, typical of Altobelli.
Commissioned by Pope Innocent X, the fountain was designed by Bernini and executed largely by his assistants. A rustic free-form rock occupies the center from which water gushes. The rock form at the bottom has a horse, palm tree, and lion, which had to be carved in situ--and were reportedly carved by the master himself. The fountain is topped by a restored Egyptian obelisk.
Provenance: old collection of J. Harrison, Jr. purchased in 1861.
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