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Ponte Sant' Angelo, Rome: 27 reviews and 55 photos

  Angel with the Lash, May 2007
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  • Angel with the Lash, May 2007 - Rome
      Angel with the Lash, May 2007
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  • Angel with the Crown of Thorns, May 2007 - Rome
      Angel with the Crown of Thorns, May 2007
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  • Angel with the Dice, May 2007 - Rome
      Angel with the Dice, May 2007
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  • Angel with the Superscript, May 2007 - Rome
      Angel with the Superscript, May 2007
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  • Angel with the Vinegar Sponge, May 2007 - Rome
      Angel with the Vinegar Sponge, May 2007
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?And so it is that Rome fairly suffocates with its endless variety of artistic perfection, one glory almost dimming the other while the rest of the world yearns for a crust of artistic beauty and has nothing.?
from ?A Traveler at Forty? by Theodore Dreiser (1871?1945)

THE BRIGHTEST GLORY As part of a general reconstruction project for Ponte Sant?Angelo, it was decided to decorate the bridge as well. The commission to carve the 10 angels, each carrying an instrument of Christ?s Passion, came from Pope Clement IX when Gianlorzeno Bernini (1598?1680) was 70. While most of the figures were executed to Bernini?s design by his assistants between 1660 and 1668, the carving of the Angel with the Crown of Thorns (see Photo #2) and the Angel with the Superscript (see Photo #4) was reserved for the master?s touch.

This remains my favorite sight in Rome. Such vibrancy each sculpture has, such life!

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  • Written Feb 23, 2008
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