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In the last days I have been two times at Piazza Navona, beautiful for its Christmas atmosphere.
I have taken many photos and now I have decided to post a series about Piazza Navona.

The statue in foreground is the Rio della Plata, the churh in background is Sant'Agnese in Agone.
The "Fountain of the Four Rivers" occupies the center of the large oval Piazza Navona in Rome. It is a masterpiece of Gianlorenzo Bernini, and emblematic of the dynamic and dramatic effects sought by high Baroque artists. It was erected in 1651 in front of the church of Sant'Agnese in Agone, and yards from the Pamphilj Palace belonging to this fountain's patron, Innocent X (1644-1655).

A legend, much popular, is tied to the rivalry between the Bernini and the other great master of the baroque, the Borromini. One believes in fact that the statue of the River of the Plata holds raised the arm in the fear of a collapse of the prospiciente Sant' Agnese in Agone contest and that equally the statue of the Nilo covers the face in order not to have to see (really, the statue is covered from a veil because when it was realized not the sources of the Nilo still knew).
Draft of a simple legend, since Fontana was realized before the church, between 1648 and 1651, while Sant'Agnese was begun from Borromini not before 1652.

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