Competing Architects

Competing Architects

In the Piazza Navona is a large fountain with four figures representing four rivers. The figure in this picture has his hand raised shielding his eyes from the building next to him. Rumor has it that Bernini did this because his biggest rival had designed the building and so the statue didn’t want to have to look at something so ugly. 🙂
When the architects were competing for the honor of designing this fountain, Bernini made a replica of his plan for the fountain in silver and gave it the person deciding on the architect.

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