Sunday, December 11, 2016

Third Sunday of Advent - Outdoor Sculpture in Rome

Faces found in the Non-Catholic Cemetery

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Advent II: Saturday - Outdoor Sculpture in Rome

The base of a lamp post on Ponte Mazzini with ship prows and ram's heads. The bridge was built at the beginning of the 20th century to honor Giuseppe Mazzini, one of the leaders of Italy's unification. 

Friday, December 9, 2016

Advent II: Friday - Outdoor Sculpture in Rome

This is a sculpture created by Michele Tripisciano in 1913 of Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli (1791- 1863), a Roman poet who wrote in Roman dialect. It is in Trastevere near the Tiber River's Ponte Garibaldi. 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Advent II: Thursday - Outdoor Sculpture in Rome

Statues at the base of the Colonna della Immacolata near Piazza di Spagna:
David, Moses, Ezekial and Elijah

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Advent I: Wednesday - Outdoor Sculpture in Rome

Elephant and Obelisk in Piazza della Minerva, behind the Pantheon, was commissioned by Alexander VII, designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and sculpted by Ercole Ferrata in 1667. Atop the marble elephant sits an obelisk from the 6th century BC that used to be part of the Temple of Isis that was in this area of Rome.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Advent II: Tuesday - Outdoor Sculpture in Rome

This is one of 16 sphinxes placed on top of the wall surrounding Piazza del Popolo by Giuseppe when he redesigned the square in 1815-1816. 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Advent II: Monday - Outdoor Sculpture in Rome

This 12 foot hight bronze pinecone was originally near the Pantheon, next to the Temple of Isis. In the middle ages it was in the courtyard of the old St. Peter's Basilica and in 1608 was moved again to the Belvedere Courtyard of the Vatican Gardens where it is today. (The peacocks below the pinecone are copies of ones that used to decorate the tomb of Hadrian, now know as the Castel Sant'Angelo.)