Neptune Fountain, Piazza del Nettuno

Giovanni Bologna

All new images--taken in 2006

Large multi-figured fountain

At the apex of this decorative fountain in the main square in Bologna is the striding figure of Neptune, god of the sea. He is silhouetted against the sky carrying the trident, his characteristic symbol.

Cupids or Erotes at mid level

Here the fish spout water from this mid level. The disembodied head also spits water. The cartouche below represents papal symbols--tiara and keys.

Mannerist folly

Mannerist sculptures, while often erotic, often depict joking absurdities--here the sea nymphs/mermaids whose breasts spray arcing streams of water.

See also Giovanni Bologna's Mercury and his Rape of the Sabine Women.

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