122. Beauty and Victory on Ponte Vittorio Emanuele II

Updated: Mar 24

By Giulio D'Ercole


When in #Rome, it is very easy to be attracted mainly by the incredible beauty of the big monuments, the huge buildings, and the vast squares. Though, the "duty" of photographer should be to look carefully around to discover all the zillion details, big or small that the eternal city has to offer, most often than not, almost as intriguing and beautiful as the famous, evident iconic sites that are photographed day in and out by all... millions of all.


So, walking from #viadellaConciliazione towards #CorsoVittorio, we will have to cross the bridge named after #KingVittorioEmanueleII, and once on it our attention will surely be taken by the amazing view of #CastelSantAngelo and its reflections on the waters of the #Tiber River. It is not difficult in fact to find, at all times, lots of people photographing from the fence of the bridge, the ancient Popes' fortress. Way less common is to to see people taking their time to photograph the beautiful marble sculptures that adorn the sides of the same bridge.


Considering that the bridge, planned in 1886 by #EnniodeRossi but built from 1908 to 1911, celebrates the victorious unification of Italy, it is easily understandable that the four travertine marble sculptures groups are all dedicated at the different elements of such victory, representing the Unity of Italy itself, Freedom, the defeated Oppression and the Loyalty to the new Constitution.


It is to be noted that while the bridge was inaugurated 1n 1911, on the occasion of the #WorldExposition and of the fiftieth anniversary of the unity of Italy, those four sculptures were actually placed on the bridge one year later.... and the bridge had a second inauguration.


The photo here below, shot during one of my #Romebynightphototourunderthestars, portrays the group designed by #ItaloGriselliOrlando in 1910, an allegory of the Victory.






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