Il Pulcino della Minevra and Santa Maria sopra Minerva basilica, Piazza Minevra, Campo Marzio, Rome
Bernini, Gian Lorenzo (1598-1680)
Ferrata, Ercole (1610-1686)
Smith, Edwin (1912-1971)
Colour / B&W
Black & white
Edwin Smith / RIBA Library Photographs Collection
Il Pulcino della Minevra, an elephant based sculpture supporting one of the eleven Egyptian obelisks in Rome, was designed by Bernini and executed by his pupil Ercole Ferrata in 1667. The basilica, the first Gothic church in Rome, was built directly over (sopra) the foundations of a temple dedicated to the goddess Minerva in 1250-1370.