Friday, 28 August 2015

Bernini on Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona, in the centre of Rome is probably the most crowded square. I made this drawing of the big foutain in the middle (Fontane di Fiumi, fountain of the four waters). the four sides represent 4 continents, with its major rivers symbolized: the Donau, the Nile, The Ganges and Rio de la Plata.
The fountain was made by Bernini, and features in the Dan Brown book of course.
I wanted to draw the oblisk (on top), and the church (St. Agnese in Agone) in the background as well, but all together would have made the fountain too small. Especially in a A5 booklet.


Michael Lukyniuk said...

I guess this is always the problem when you sketch on location - do you include all the scene (risking very small landmarks) or do you focus on one particular portion of the scene? I guess there's no real answer. It's great to have variety, but it depends on what you're attempting to accomplish.
You've done well in a piazza that's full of people. I don't know how i'll deal with it when I'm there. Hopefully there'll be fewer crowds!

Rene Fijten said...

The advantage of sketchingis that you can leave out the crwods at will, which photography can't. Thanks for your comment.