18 May, 2009

Fontana di Nettune - My World Tuesday


The Fontana di Nettune (1574) was designed by Giacomo della Porta and is located on the northern end of the Piazza Navona. He also designed the Fontana del Moro (1576) located in the southern end of the Piazza Navona.I am always in awe when I visit these fountains...the muscles, the hands, the feet and the expressions carved out of a slab of marble. Unfortunately the fountains were being cleaned during my visit in February, so I was unable to capture them in their full glory. DO click to enlarge the photographs.

Please take a moment when you have a chance and stop by and visit others blogs this week. The My World meme is hosted by Klaus Sandy Ivar Wren Fishing Guy Louise and they do a great job.

45 comments:

Gaelyn said...

Looks like a party. The sculptures are amazing, so much detail.

Daryl said...

Exquisite ...

Baron's Life said...

Ravashing beauty...excellent shot.It's just like being there

Arija said...

Womderful Baroque fountain. The Italian fountains are so dynamic.

Carver said...

I think you did a wonderful job photographing them. I like how well you can see the musculature in the second shot and the first one shows the whole area so well.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Reminds me of my Art History classes and why I enjoyed it so much. :-)

ewok1993 said...

These are real works of art.

SandyCarlson said...

Your photos bring Neptune to life!

Mojo said...

Now hold da bus... that's not in Roanoke!

Actually Roanoke had a four hockey teams in the ECHL between 1988 and 2004, most recently the Roanoke Express. They would have played against Raleigh's old ECHL team, the IceCaps until 1998 when the 'Caps moved and became the Florida Everblades. This was the year before the Hurricanes moved form Greensboro to Raleigh.

Sylvia K said...

Fabulous sculptures! Fantastic shots! So much beauty everywhere! Thanks for sharing, it must have been a marvelous trip!

Babooshka said...

A welcome post after my rambling of mad fool today. Refreshing to see such beauty.

Ishtar said...

Oh I love it I love it I simply adooore it! But then again, you know how weak I am for open spaces, with nature and animals combined!

Titania said...

A fantastic fountain, the whole ambiance and local colour is captured beautifully. It is a must to enlarge the pictures.

Denise said...

Erin, you took fantastic photos on your time in Italy. Thanks for sharing them.

fishing guy said...

Erin: What wonderful statues you had to share. Congrats on being #1 on the list.

Ishtar said...

I'm amazed by what people put together! Lovely!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Amazing sculptures. Great photos.

Guy D said...

Fantastic shots, what a great statue.

Have a great week
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Pacey said...

It's beautifully carved indeed! Great shot and what a nice place to visit too.

david mcmahon said...

Those are beautiful sculptures.

alicesg said...

Lovely sculptures. Love the background of the building too. Are they apartments where people live?

Ebie said...

Such beautiful sculptures. What a work of art.

kayleen said...

Absoulutely gorgeous fountains. Your photos are wonderful as always.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sally in WA said...

Such a beautiful place! I love the sculptures.

A Blog In The Rough said...

wow that is one messy/busy fountain!
happy tuesday!

Karen said...

Beautiful detail in those sculptures on the fountain...

Incredible feat, hand carving all that out of a slab of marble..

Vamsee said...

What fantastic pictures. I love the soft effect you have on the images.

Keep up the good work.

Vamsee
http://letsgoforavacation.blogspot.com/

zeal4adventure said...

Beautiful capture, brings me back in time when I first step foot on this piazza. It is indeed quite awesome seeing the works of art. The piazza looks magnificent with or without the fountain. Great trip!

magiceye said...

that sure is a great one!

Wolynski said...

That's it - I shall have to go to Italy. Went there as a student - time for a return visit. Stunning photos.

ladyfi said...

Love the photos - you've really captured the spirit of Italy.

Reader Wil said...

Excellent photos of an impressive piece of art, Erin! Thanks for showing.

MedaM said...

Wow, what fantastic photos! Those sculptures are amazing; I am impressed! The whole ambience looks special; so attractive and interesting.

lazyclick said...

Beautiful sculptures.

Rob Inukshuk said...

You take such brilliant photos and those carvings are incredible. Have been catching up on all your recent posts - wonderful.

Tammie Lee said...

The colors in these photos are divine! What a beautiful day and wonderful compositions.

Janie said...

It is amazing to see marble made into flesh and bone and brought to life. Beautiful sculpture in a great setting.

Jack and Joann said...

Thanks for stopping by for My World Tuesday. Today I have photos of another garden in the Philly area.
Have a great day.

Glennis said...

Wonderfully carved all the muscles can be seen on that great bod!

Annie said...

Thanks for visiting My World this week...Maymont Park in Richmond.

Your photos are always so lovely..subject matter and composition. Well done!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

GAH!!! RUN!! It's the Krakken!!!

lol!

I bet the fountains are amazing when turned on. Beautiful photos!

~Lisa

Rajesh said...

Very beautiful sculptures. Great art work.

Merisi said...

Ah, that's why they were so bright and clean when I visited in March!
Beautiful capture,
and I hope you will see all of the fountains in their full glory during your next visit.
:-)

Here are some images from my Roman Holiday.

FA said...

Yes, the fountains are spectacular when water is flowing. But, you did an awesome jobs of capturing their beauty.

Pierre said...

Congratulations on some splendid photography - these sculptures are really magnificent, thanks for sharing!