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A lone duck is poised to join Bernini's seahorses - we like to think he's very discriminating and chosen well - whether by fortune or folly, he could do no better.
Winged seahorses appear to have risen from the shelter of the lower basin - as though coming through the water from the earth below. From a distance their heads appear to support the basin but a closer look discloses that they bear no weight. Their tails wind about the fountain base. Poised ready for flight - the enchanter's chisel has checked the horses in mid-ascent - Bernini's genius masters his fancy.
Sprays of water spout upward between their forefeet while the lower basin lies in the turf and the water fills it to the brim. The slightest breeze ruffles the surface, reflecting the sunshine like a broken mirror. Then from the centre of this pool, Bernini creates the rising fountain. Carved in travertine, the natural mellow tone seems to have been enriched rather than worn by the centuries of mild Italian weather.

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  • Updated Jun 28, 2006
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