BERNINI, Gian Lorenzo
(b. 1598, Napoli, d. 1680, Roma)

Fountain of the Four Rivers

1648-51
Travertine and marble
Piazza Navona, Rome

The Four Rivers Fountain is Bernini's largest and most spectacular fountain, a masterpiece of engineering and urban planning and a marvel of art. Its travertine base, populated with four giant marble personifications of the rivers Danube, Nile, Ganges and Plate, supports an ancient granite obelisk moved from the Circus of Maxentius.

This view shows the rivers Danube and Ganges.