Made by Bartolomeo Ammannati (Michelangelo's student) and some assistants (like Giambologna) around 1563. The Fountain of Neptune was commissioned for the wedding of Francesco I de Medici. Neptune stands on a high pedestal in the middle of the fountain, surrounded by mythical figures like Scylla, Charybdis and Satyrs. Many Florentines didn't appreciate the fountain (including Michelangelo, who called it a waste of marble), and it became known as "Il Biancone" (the white giant). I was fascinated by the bronze cast satyrs like this one, that surround the figure of Neptune. I agree with Michelangelo, "what a beautiful piece of marble you've ruined."
Beside the Palazzo Vecchio in Piazza della Signoria, in Florence Italy.
August 25th, 2013
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