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The Fountain of Neptune

The Fountain of Neptune (Fontana di Nettuno) is a monumental civic fountain located in Piazza Nettuno, next to Piazza Maggiore, in Bologna, Italy. Its bronze figure of Neptune, extending his reach in a lordly gesture of stilling and controlling the waters, is an early work of Giambologna's maturity, completed about 1567. The fountain is a model example of Mannerist taste of the courtly elite in the mid-sixteenth century: construction of the statue was commissioned by the Cardinal Legate of the city, Charles Borromeo, to symbolize the fortunate recent election of Borromeo's uncle as Pope Pius IV. The work was designed by the architect Tommaso Laureti in 1563, with an over-lifesize bronze of the god Neptune on the top, executed by Giambologna. The fountain was completed in 1565, and the Neptune was fixed in place within a couple of years. (Wikipedia) At the bottom photo you can see Cupids or Erotes at mid level. Here the fish and the disembodied heads spit water.

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cathy sharpe 26 Nov 2010

Lili, I love your travels, excellent photography!

Brenda Loveless 04 Jul 2010

fantastic shots of this remarkable fountain!

Nancy Dadisman 03 Jul 2010

so great! I love the statues in Europe!

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Warren Ballard 02 Jul 2010

Excellent images Lili.