Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 'A Design for a Fountain'

Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 'A Design for a Fountain'

Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680)
'A Design for a Fountain'
About 1652-1653
Pen and ink and wash
Museum no. CAI 416
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides

Bernini was the central figure of the Italian Baroque. This drawing appears to be a design for the fountain of Neptune for the ducal palace at Sassuolo, near Modena. The figure of Neptune, holding a dolphin, balances on an arched rock. The fountain is still in situ, framed in a niche as shown in the drawing.