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Taken 2009
The Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II or Altare della Patria (Altar of the Nation) or “Il Vittoriano” on the Piazza Venezia in Rome, Italy features two statues of goddess Victoria riding on quadrigas. Begun 1911, completed in 1935.
A quadriga (Latin quadri-, four, and jungere, to yoke) is a car or chariot drawn by four horses abreast (the Roman equivalent of Greek Tethrippon). It was raced in the Olympic Games and other games. It is represented in profile as the chariot of gods and heroes on Greek vases and in bas-relief. The quadriga was adopted in ancient Roman chariot racing. Quadrigas were emblems of triumph; Victory and Fame often are depicted as the triumphant woman driving it. In classical mythology, the quadriga is the chariot of the gods; Apollo was depicted driving his quadriga across the heavens, delivering daylight and dispersing the night.
(Courtesy of Wikipedia)


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  • Charlene Aycock IPA
    Charlene Aycoc...almost 5 years ago


  • Many thanks Charlene for the great comment.

    – Al Bourassa

  • aimznabz
    aimznabzalmost 5 years ago

    brilliant silhouette !

  • Thank you so much. I didn’t really think it was going to turn out so dark but I liked it that way.

    – Al Bourassa

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyalmost 5 years ago

    Awesome shot, Al! Very interesting write up to go with it. Marvellous job.

  • Thank you Mike. I actually saw several quadrigas in my travels and think I took a photo every time. They are so very well done.

    – Al Bourassa

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragheralmost 5 years ago

    fantastic catch,,,,,,,,,,

  • Thank you my friend. As you can see from the descriptions and photos, I was high up on the roof to get this shot. They have wonderful views from up there.

    – Al Bourassa

  • walela
    walelaalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful shot!

  • Many thanks for your very kind comment.

    – Al Bourassa

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaalmost 5 years ago

    To the MATURE WOMAN group for featuring this work:

    Cheers, Al

  • AnaCBStudio
    AnaCBStudioalmost 5 years ago

    Great shot Al!

  • Thank you my dear Ana. It is one of my favorites for sure.

    – Al Bourassa

  • Daniela Cifarelli
    Daniela Cifarellialmost 5 years ago


  • I am so glad you like this one Daniela.

    – Al Bourassa

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedmanover 4 years ago


  • Glad you like it Heather, it is one of my favorites too. And,

    Cheers, Al

    – Al Bourassa

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepabout 4 years ago

    A fabulous silhouette!

  • Thank you for looking through my work, and

    – Al Bourassa

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