Piazza Navona
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Architect Bernini
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Location Rome, Italy   map
Date 1600 's   timeline
Building Type piazza, urban open space, outdoor plaza
 Construction System cut stone masonry
Climate mild
Context urban
Style Baroque
Notes two fountains, fronting church by of S. Agnese by Borromini.


Photo, overview from balcony level

Photo, overview with people, fountain, obselisk

Photo, church facade on the Piazza



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Discussion Piazza Navona Commentary

"This piazza, which follows the plan of an ancient circus, was built in monumental style by the family of Pope Innocent X (Pamphili). It sums up the Roman style of the 17th century. The church of Sant' Agnese was designed by Borromini and Rainaldi, the two fountains are by Bernini, and Pietro da Cortona painted the gallery in the Pamphili palace."

— John Julius Norwich, ed. The World Atlas of Architecture. p302.

Sources on Piazza Navona

Werner Blaser and Monica Stucky. Drawings of Great Buildings. Boston: Birkhauser Verlag, 1983. ISBN 3-7643-1522-9. LC 83-15831. NA2706.U6D72 1983. plan and section drawings of the church Sant' Agnese, on the piazza, p125. — Available at Amazon.com

Howard Davis. Slide from photographer's collection. Photo July 1989. PCD.2260.1012.1537.026. PCD.2260.1012.1537.027. PCD.2260.1012.1537.028.

Ernest Nash. Pictorial Dictionary of Ancient Rome, Volume II. New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1962. aerial photo of Piazza Novona, f1176, p388.

Christian Norberg-Schulz. Baroque Architecture. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1986. ISBN 08478-0693-6. LC 85-30011. NA590.N6. perspective drawing, f20, p21.

John Julius Norwich, ed. The World Atlas of Architecture. New York. : Portland House, 1988. ISBN 0-517-66875-0. discussion p302.

John Julius Norwich, ed. Great Architecture of the World. London: Mitchell Beazley Publishers, 1975. photo, p174. Reprint edition: Da Capo Press, April 1991. ISBN 0-3068-0436-0. — An accessible, inspiring and informative overview of world architecture, with lots of full-color cutaway drawings, and clear explanations. Available at Amazon.com

P. Romano and P. Partini. Piazza Navona Nella Storia E Nell'Arte. Roma: Fratelli Palombi Editori, 1987. DG815.5.R6. ISBN88-7621-942-0. figure/ground plan drawing of piazza and surrounding area, p98.

Duane Siegrist, University of Oregon. Slide from photographer's collection, July 1993. PCD.3236.1011.0837.028. PCD.3236.1011.0837.035.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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