Triton Fountain, Piazza Barberini

Gianlorenzo Bernini
1642-3


Triton, the sea god, son of Neptune and Amphitrite, is here represented as a merman, although sometimes he is depicted at fully human. His scaly "legs" rise up above the open shell and he blows the typical trumpet-conch shell.

 
The base of this fountain is comprised of four dolphins. Also represented are papal symbols and bees--a specific heraldic symbol of the Barberini family. (Pope Urban VIII was from the Barberini family.)




See also Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers.

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