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

Fountain with Elephant and Obelisk

1667-69
Marble
Piazza Sta Maria sopra Minerva, Rome

This fountain was Bernini's last commission from Pope Alexander VII. The statue of the elephant serves as a base for the obelisk discovered recently in the garden of the Cloister of Sta Maria sopra Minerva.