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Triton Fountain is to us one of the most beautiful fountains made by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in Rome. It's right in the middle of Barberini Square very close to the omonimous Palace surely worthy of a visit for its collection of paintings. Bernini projected it in 1642 for his patron Pope Urbano VIII Barberini.

In the middle of the fountain four dolphins support with their tails two valves of a scallop shell on which a kneeling triton, god of sea Neptune's son, who blows water through a shell held up in his hands. The dolphins entwine the papal tiara with crossed keys and the heraldic Barberini bees in their scaly tails. The jet of water once was higher and more impressive that today.

Surely the aim of Bernini was the dynamism that here is reached through the representation of a gesture, the act of blowing of the Triton, and his impressive but agile muscle structure.

Did You Know? Until the 18th century, unknown human corpses were displayed here for public identification.
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