|Fountain of the Four Rivers|
In this sculpture/fountain, Bernini wanted to represent the four main rivers of the world in that time (the Nile representing Africa, the Danube representing Europe, the Ganges representing Asia, and the Río de la Plata representing America) crowned by giants sculptures of marble which are vegatables and animals which belong to hard species like lions, crocodiles, horses, snakes, dragons… And it has a base of a elliptical pool with a marble mass of a egyptian obelisk.
|Horse in the fountain.|
|Lion In the Fountain.|
According to the symbology of Bernini, man’s heads make refence to birth of the differents rivers. As the Río de la Plata wasn't explored yet the men’s head was covered. But there’s another theory that says that Bernini knew that the facade of the Saint Inés church would be restored by Francesco Borromini and as he was an enemy for Bernini he decided to put covering faces for their sculptures that are in front of the church.
|Nile covering his face.|
New student encyclopaedia of History.
Encyclopaedia of World Heritage.-France and southern Europe.