"The Chick of Minerva: Cutest Art Work in Rome" Top 5 Page for this destination Basilica Santa Maria Sopra Minerva Tip by von.otter
Basilica Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, Rome: 31 reviews and 72 photos
?A strong mind is needed to support a solid knowledge.?
? Pope Alexander VII (1599-1667) his allegorical phrase on one side of the base of the Chick of Minerva
AN ELEPHANT NEVER FORGETS Here?s what this one remembers. It was the idea of that brilliant Baroque sculpture, designer, and architect Gianlorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) to decorate the Piazza della Minerva with his sculpture, affectionately known to Romans as the Chick of Minerva, Pulcino della Minerva.
The design is by Bernini; but it was carved by his student Ercole Ferrata in 1667. Bernini dedicated it to his patron, Pope Alexander VII, who wrote, in the inscription at the base, that the elephant symbolizes the vast store of knowledge needed for wisdom.
The obelisk that the pachyderm carries on his back dates from the sixth century BC; it is the smallest that the Ancient Romans brought back from Egypt. Like the one in the nearby Piazza della Rotondo it came from the Temple of Isis.
This sculpture is a favorite piece of art of ours. He?s so cute!
The Piazza della Minerva is around the corner from the Pantheon and it can be seen in the background of photo #3. This small square sits in front of the Dominican church, Santa Maria sopra Minerva.
Directions: southeast of the Pantheon
Phone: 06 6793926
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