Fountain of Neptune, Florence

Photographer: Daniela Bardi

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The Fountain of Neptune is a fountain in Florence, Italy, located on the Piazza della Signoria, in entrance of the Palazzo Vecchio.

In 1559, Cosimo I de’ Medici launched a contest to design a fountain at a time when a brand new aqueduct was additionally being constructed, the primary to deliver working water to the town. Baccio Bandinelli was the sculptor chosen however he died earlier than work started and Bartolomeo Ammannati was employed to take over and accomplished the work with assistants and collaborators.

Nearly as quickly because the fountain was completed, the Florentines weren’t impressed and known as the statue “Il Biancone” (“the white big”), criticising the opulent use of white marble.

The statue on show as we speak is a duplicate made within the 1800s when the unique was moved to the Nationwide Museum.

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