The Sea God

Fountain of Neptune, Florence, Italy

The marble statue of Neptune is the centerpiece of the Fountain of Neptune in the Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy. The figure was completed in 1565, by sculptor Bartolomeo Ammannati. Commissioned by Cosimo I de’ Medici, the fountain symbolizes Florence’s command of the Mediterranean Sea. The statue of Neptune is a 19th century copy; the original is in the National Museum. The other marble and bronze elements of the fountain were not finished in 1574.

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Baroque fountain, Olomouc, Czech Republic

Neptune Baroque fountain, Olomouc, Czech Republic

The city of Olomouc in the Czech Republic is home to six Baroque fountains, all of which are still in use. A Greek god is the subject of each fountain.  The Neptune fountain on Dolní Square is the first and the oldest of the six fountains and dates to 1683. Four sea horses rise from the water below Neptune. The sculptural group was carved by sculptor Michael Mandik and the basin was created by Olomouc stonemason Vaclav Schüller.


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