Pine Cone - Vatican City State
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2
N 41° 54.185 E 012° 27.213
33T E 288781 N 4642151
Quick Description: This sculptured fountain featuring a huge pine cone is located in the Belvedere Courtyard and is accessible to the public by a visit to the Vatican Museum.
Location: Vatican City State
Date Posted: 12/12/2013 5:42:05 PM
Waymark Code: WMJPBW
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Long Description:
Wikipedia (visit link) informs us:

"The Fontana della Pigna or simply Pigna ("The Pine cone") is a former Roman fountain which now decorates a vast niche in the wall of the Vatican facing the Cortile della Pigna, located in Vatican City, in Rome, Italy...

Composed of a large bronze pine cone almost four meters high which once spouted water from the top, the Pigna originally stood near the Pantheon next to the Temple of Isis. It was moved to the courtyard of the old St. Peter's Basilica during the Middle Ages and then moved again, in 1608, to its present location.

The courtyard where it stands was originally part of the Cortile del Belvedere, designed by Donato Bramante to connect the palace of Pope Innocent VIII with the Sistine Chapel. When Bramante died, architect Pirro Ligorio finished the project and added the wall and niche to close the courtyard. Construction of the Vatican Library divided the Cortile del Belvedere into two areas. The upper part of the courtyard, the Cortile della Pigna, takes its name from the fountain.

The bronze peacocks on either side of the fountain are copies of those decorating the tomb of the Emperor Hadrian, now the Castel Sant'Angelo. The original peacocks are in the Braccio Nuovo Museum."
Title: The Fontana della Pigna

Artist: courtyard designed by Donato Bramante - unknown if he is also the sculptor of this piece

Placement Date: 1st century

Website: [Web Link]

Type of Object: pine cone

Location: Cortile della Pigna, Vatican City

Material: bronze

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