In 1629 Pope Urban VIII, finding the earlier fountain insufficiently dramatic, asked Gian Lorenzo Bernini to sketch possible renovations, but when the Pope died, the project was abandoned. Though Bernini's project was torn down for Salvi's fountain, there are many Bernini touches in the fountain as it was built. An early, striking and influential model by Pietro da Cortona, preserved in the Albertina, Vienna, also exists, as do various early 18th century sketches, most unsigned, as well as a project attributed to Nicola Michetti one attributed to Ferdinando Fuga and a French design by Edme Bouchardon.
Competitions had become the rage during the Baroque era to design buildings, fountains, and even the Spanish Steps. In 1730 Pope Clement XII organized a contest in which Nicola Salvi initially lost to Alessandro Galilei – but due to the outcry in Rome over the fact that a Florentine won, Salvi was awarded the commission anyway. Work began in 1732, and the fountain was completed in 1762, long after Clement's death, when Pietro Bracci's Oceanus (god of all water) was set in the central niche.
Salvi died in 1751, with his work half-finished, but before he went he made sure a stubborn barber's unsightly sign would not spoil the ensemble, hiding it behind a sculpted vase, called by Romans the asso di coppe, the "Ace of Cups".
The Trevi Fountain was finished in 1762 by Giuseppe Pannini, who substituted the present allegories for planned sculptures of Agrippa and "Trivia", the Roman virgin.
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JFS (32129) 2012-01-05 4:40
Great close-up of this famous and marvelous fountain. Good ligth management in spite of the hard conditions.
Have a good day!
emilbo (20844) 2012-01-05 7:09
Magnifique fontaine présentée dans une excellente composition. Les sculptures sont merveilleuses, le bel éclairage et la qualité d'image nous laissent bien voir les détails et nous les montrent dans toute leur beauté. Excellent travail.
Toutes mes félicitations,
lousat (57626) 2012-01-05 9:02
Hi Barbara,spectacular solution to take the most famous fountain of Rome!! A great idea,no people inside and the best moment whit the best light,impressive sharpness too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
eldancer1 (17036) 2012-01-05 9:27
Awesome capture of this world famous fountain! I've heard so much about this work of art. Great lighting and sharp details. Very well done, tfs.
Fis2 (73100) 2012-01-05 12:31
Ciekawy fragment tej pieknej fontanny.
Ladny kadr i naturalna kolorystyka.
Zdjecie robi wrazenie.
raszid62 (18200) 2012-01-05 15:20
Piêkna jest fontanna Di Trevi, cudowne posagi z bia³ego marmuru i woda w ruchu - to robi wrazenie. Fotografia naturalnie monokolorystyczna, w naturalnej sepii.
Ta praca bardzo mi siê podoba.
patdeph (35738) 2012-01-05 22:05
the famous fountains superbly framed,under a magnificent light,and a quality of picture that allow to see very well each details.Excellent!
Graal (88886) 2012-01-05 23:29
fajne zdjecie wyciagnelas z szuflady chociaz temat jest bardzo popularny. Ta piekna fontanne tez mialem przyjemnosc ogladac. Fotka jak z monochromatycznej pocztowki.
vasilpro (40192) 2012-01-05 23:46
Wonderful composition from the most popular fountain in Rome, excellent POV, lovely light and colors, very good clarity and sharpness, TfS!
Have a nice day, Vasilis.
Nicou (97679) 2012-01-06 1:59
superbe compo et iamge fantastique vue de cette fontiane quelle architecture quel effet de cadrage avec la belle eau qui coule.
bravo et amitié
Cricri (86431) 2012-01-06 9:16
Très jolie présentation, un cadrage précis et calculer, la lumière permet d'apprécier les moindres détails, très belle réalisation
npecanhuk (53901) 2012-01-06 9:21
Excellent composition, exposure and sharpness!
TFS - congrats,
Silvio1953 (98129) 2012-01-06 11:42
Ciao Barbara, great view of fascinating fountain, excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
danyy (0) 2012-01-06 23:17
une des fontaines les plus connues au monde, et la voici dans des lumières parfaites et assez bien cadrée quoi que l'arche en haut soit un rien coupée. Un temps de pose court qui fige bien les jeux d'eau.
jemaflor (68913) 2012-01-07 2:09
Nice architecture well framed, good light and sharpness, well managed, tfs
skippy007 (12500) 2012-01-09 15:30
Hello Barbara, Nice capture of the Trevi Fountain, we see this a lot here on TE no doubt are favourite for all visitors to Rome. Well captured,with the cascading water in FG adding interest, good natural colour & light. Hope you enjoyed Italy.
Charo (51174) 2012-01-19 14:33
This is the most famous fountain in Italy, it really is lovely, but some say that when they see it up close find it smaller than in the photos.
Very good capture with a few details and excellent light.
ikeharel (37316) 2012-04-12 4:31
Had not changed at all since I was there on May-1980, barbara - the statues still pose as they done many centuries ago...
An immaculate photo, great daylight from directly above, noon-time of course, and fantastic clearity.
Pleasent to look at your picture.
jmdias (45790) 2012-04-14 7:29
nice and classic general view of this famous fountain. I liked the excellent quality of this image where we can enjoy each detail. TFS.