Barberini Bees, Rome

Barberini Bees Everywhere!

The Triton Fountain was built in 1642–43. At its centre rises an larger than lifesize muscular Triton, a minor sea god of ancient Greco-Roman legend, depicted as a merman kneeling on the sum of four dolphin tail fins. The base has four dolphins that entwine the papal tiara with crossed keys and the heraldic Barberini Bees in their scaly tails.

These Bees can be spotted all over Rome, a symbol of the influence of Barberini! The original Family Crest contained three Horse Flies – glad they changed it!


2 responses

  1. What a captivating photo today Erik! Great blog too, really well done. I enjoyed this a lot my friend!

    January 25, 2011 at 7:59 am

  2. Love the use of selective color. Nice composition!

    January 25, 2011 at 8:20 am

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