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The colossal bronze pine cone from 1st or 2nd century by Publius Cincius Salvius (name on base) It served as a fountain, water gushing from holes in the scales of the cone. Possibly towards the end of the 8th century it was moved to the entrance hall of the medieval St. Peter's, in the center of the fountain covered by and ornate baldachin, identified in Renaissance drawings. In 1608, during the construction of the present basilica, the giant pine cone fountain was moved to this location.


Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Baldacchino di San Pietro, 1624-33 nella Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano, sotto la cupola di Michelangelo Buonarroti


The Arch of Marcus Aurelius Dating from 164AD, this used to be the grand entrance to the ancient city of Oea.

The Tempietto c. 1502, Architect Donato Bramante, San Pietro in Montorio, Rome, Italy

Cloister of Bramante - A hidden corner of Rome, in the heart of the city centre night life, where we can go to see fine exhibitions of classical and contemporary art archaeology. The work of Donato Bramante – Michelangelo’s great rival - the Cloister of Bramante is part of the complex also including the adjacent church of Santa Maria della Pace containing Raphael’s Sibyls.


ancient Roman construction techniques exposed here in section of Baths of Trajan, on the Esquiline Hill, 104-109 AD


Andrea del Verrocchio - Incredulità di San Tommaso, 1476 per la chiesa di Orsanmichele a Firenze


Publio Cincio Savio - Pignone, II secolo d.C.nella nicchia del Cortile superiore del Belvedere di Donato Bramante

041-HIGH RENAISSANCE, Bramante; Donato Bramante (1444 –1514) #The High Renaissance was begun by Bramante in Rome at the beginning of the 16th century. Following the French occupation of Milan, in 1499, Bramante moved to Rome, where he served as principal planner of Pope Julius II’s comprehensive project for rebuilding the city.#

Palmyra’s Theatre, buried beneath the sand until 1950’s