On June 12th 1651, Gianlorenzo Bernini’s glorious Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi
(Fountain of the Four Rivers), the centrepiece of Piazza Navona, was unveiled to the public to much acclaim.
Bernini, however, was less than impressed with the work. One day, while passing through Piazza Navona, he closed the shutters of his carriage window, remarking: 'Oh, how ashamed I am of having done such bad work'.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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