Rome’s Fountain of the Moor in Piazza Navona

Rome, Piazza Navona (del Moro fountain)

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Giacomo Della Porta created the fountain with ...

Giacomo Della Porta created the fountain with sculpted tritons in 1574-1576, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini redesigned it 1654, adding the central statue “il Moro”, an Ethiopian fighting a dolphin. Situated in the south of Piazza Navona, viewed from the south. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Piazza navona 0511-01

Piazza navona 0511-01 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Fontana del Moro at Piazza Navona.

English: Fontana del Moro at Piazza Navona. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Giacomo della Porta created the fount...

English: Giacomo della Porta created the fountain with sculpted tritons in 1574-1576, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini redesigned it 1654, adding the central statue “il Moro”, an Ethiopian fighting a dolphin. The fountain is situated in the south of Piazza Navona in Rome, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Can you believe that someone actually vandalized the Fountain of the Moor with a large rock a few years ago? Fortunately they caught the vandal on tape. The objects that he damaged were actually copies instead of the original:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/8742348/Rome-fountain-vandal-caught-on-CCTV.html

I love the Fountains in Piazza Navona. The Fountain of the Moor or  Fontana del Moro is located at the southern end of elliptical shaped Piazza Navona.  It has a basin with four Tritons sculpted by Giacomo della Porta in 1575. In 1673, Bernini designed and added the statue of a Moor (African) with a spouting fish. The vigorously twisting Moor is standing on a conch and wrestling with a dolphin in the center of the fountain.

Pope Gregory XIII (1572-1585) envisioned an ambitious plan to erect fountains in all of the main squares in Rome. Before Rome’s fountains were built, Roman’s drank water from the Tiber River. The river water was collected upstream and stored for a number of days by vendors called Aquarenari.

The fountains that were originally designed at the north and south end of the Piazza were separated by an enormous drinking trough for horses in the center of the square. Bernini‘s Fountain of the Four Rivers replaced this area. The fountain for the horses was subsequently moved to the Giardino del Lago in the Villa Borghese.

The Moro fountain was completed in 1575 and was originally adorned with decorations designed by Giacomo della Porta. These were transferred to a small square in Villa Borghese and the original masks and Triton figures were substituted with copies made by Luigi Amici in 1874.

The central figure in the fountain depicts a Moor wrestling with a dolphin by Antonio Mari. Mari sculpted this in 1654 using Bernini’s design. Bernini was responsible for the pool around the fountain basin using a plan designed by BorrominiFrancesco Borromini was a leading figure in the emergence of Roman Baroque architecture.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Italy Travel Guides. To learn more about Rome’s fabulous fountains visit www.vino-con-vista.com

Fontana delle Tartarughe, (The Turtle Fountain...

Fontana delle Tartarughe, (The Turtle Fountain) Piazza Mattei (1588) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Fountain of the Four Rivers, Piazza N...

English: Fountain of the Four Rivers, Piazza Navona, Rome, Lazio, Italy. The statue of the Danube is in the foreground on the right, that of the Rio de la Plata is half-shaded on the left. Français : Fontaine des Quatre-Fleuves, Piazza Navona, Rome, Latium, Italie. La statue du Danube est au premier plan à droite, celle du Rio de la Plata dans la pénombre à gauche. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 
Giacomo Della Porta created the fountain with sculpted tritons in 1574-1576, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini redesigned it 1654, adding the central statue “il Moro”, an Ethiopian fighting a dolphin. Situated in the south of Piazza Navona, viewed from the south. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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2 responses to “Rome’s Fountain of the Moor in Piazza Navona

  1. Was it coincidence that you posted this just when a vandal broke a couple of the grotteschi on Il Moro fountain, whacking them with a cobblestone?
    He was apprehended. They say that the restoration should only take a couple of weeks, and, happily, these were copies, the originals having been removed to the Museo di Roma in the 19th C.

    I found your blog while doing research for my next Jane’s Smart Art audio guide … on the Fountains of Rome.

  2. Pingback: Saint Agnes in Agone and Piazza Navona in Rome | Vino Con Vista Italy Travel Guides and Events

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