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dc.coverage.spatialSite: Rome (Vatican City), Santa Sede (Holy See), Italyen_US
dc.coverage.temporal1656-1667 (creation)en_US
dc.creatorBernini, Gian Lorenzoen_US
dc.creatorAlexander VII, Popeen_US
dc.date1656-1667en_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-04-26T20:24:30Z
dc.date.available2013-04-26T20:24:30Z
dc.date.issued1656-1667en_US
dc.identifier211922en_US
dc.identifier.otherarchrefid: 51en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.3/119408
dc.descriptionView of the outer (south) elevation of the south colonnade; In transforming the small existing piazza, Bernini was expected to cater for several functions. "Four rows of simple and majestic Doric columns (300 in total) all carved from Roman travertine. This forms an oval 650 feet across the long axis marked by three monuments: positioned laterally by fountains propelling tall jets of water, and in the center, by an Egyptian obelisk that had served as a turning post in the chariot races at the ancient Circus of Nero. As they enter the piazza, the faithful are embraced by "the motherly arms of the church," Bernini's own description of his Colonnade. The Colonnade becomes simultaneously a dramatic frame for the church, a nurturing enclosure for the crowds of faithful, and a stage for the processions and other sacred spectacles on which, at this particular period, the Catholic Church so strongly depended for its appeal." p. 343. Ninety-six statues of saints and martyrs are atop the balustrade. Source: Trachtenberg, Marvin; Hyman, Isabelle; Architecture, from prehistory to post-modernism : the Western tradition, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1986 (0810910772) (accessed 11/12/2007)en_US
dc.format.mediummarble; travertineen_US
dc.rights© Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc.en_US
dc.subjectarchitectural exteriorsen_US
dc.subjectsaintsen_US
dc.subjectBaroqueen_US
dc.titlePiazza San Pietroen_US
dc.title.alternativeSaint Peter's Squareen_US
dc.typeimageen_US
dc.rights.accessLicensed for educational and research use by the MIT community onlyen_US
dc.identifier.vendorcode1A1-BG-PS-B6en_US
vra.culturalContextItalianen_US
vra.techniqueconstruction (assembling)en_US
vra.worktypecolonnadeen_US
vra.worktypepiazza (square)en_US
dc.contributor.displayAlexander VII, Pope (Italian patron, 1599-1667); Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Italian architect, 1598-1680)en_US


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