The Bernini elephant of Piazza della Minerva

The Catanese Liotru (elephant) is a clear reference to Roman Baroque.
Bernini’s work was erected by Pope Alexander VII in 1667 as a symbol of Divine Wisdom.
The obelisk was inspired by a drawing contained in an allegorical romance, Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, written by the Dominican friar Francesco Colonna.
elefante berniniano di piazza della Minerva