The Fountain of Neptune-Bologna Italy

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The Fountain of Neptune (Fontana di Nettuno) is a monumental civic fountain located in the eponymous square, Piazza Nettuno, next to Piazza Maggiore, in Bologna, Italy[1] 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.[2]

An innovation of Giambologna's fountain designs is the fantastic and non-geometrical forms he gave to the basins into which water splashed and flowed, "curiously folded, bulging and elastic in form", as Rosalind Grippi remarked.[3] 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.

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Laurentiu Mitu on June 29, 2012

Se zice că Ioan de la Bologna (sculptorul) a vrut să-i facă lui Neptun organele genitale mai mari, dar biserica i-a interzis.Sculptorul nu a renunţat oricum şi, de fapt a proiectat statuia, astfel că, de la un anumit unghi degetul mare de la mâna stângă pare să iasă de la nivelul abdomenului inferior, într-un mod similar cu un penis in erectie. În vremea aceea, doamnele de la Bologna se tulburau vazandu-l pe Neptun , deci biserica a trebuit sa puna o pereche de pantaloni de bronz peste statuie . In orice caz tot ansamblul sculptural avea un puternic caracter erotic, de exemplu, mameloanele nimfelor din colturi aruncau apă prin pulverizare.

PhotoPhotis on June 30, 2012

Wonderful photo

I Like it a lot + fav .

Greetings from Athens Photis

Trulee on June 30, 2012

ai stilul tau "tulburator" de frumos!

like 2

Christos Theodorou on July 2, 2012

Lovely point of view, wonderful result - Greetings - Christos.

Laurentiu Mitu on July 3, 2012

A lot of thanks to my greek friends Photis and Christos !!!

Multumesc Trulee ma simt magulit !!!

Laurentiu Mitu on July 6, 2012

Danke Mirc0 and also greetings !!!

frank wibberg on July 12, 2012

l 5

gruss aus wuppertal D

frank :-)

Laurentiu Mitu on July 12, 2012

wibb thank you very much !!!

Omar Gobbi on July 23, 2012

Excellent picture, very beautiful photographic work, <YS & Lk>, best regards from Argentina, "Omar"

Laurentiu Mitu on July 25, 2012

Muchisimas gracias pot tus YS Y Lk Omar !!!Salu2 desde Rumania !!!

Alireza Javaheri on July 28, 2012
  • Very nice shot, excellent image & composition !!! - Like!
Laurentiu Mitu on July 28, 2012

Alireza I'm glad you like it, many thanks !!!

Argenna on April 9, 2013

O compozitie frumoasa. L.

Laurentiu Mitu on April 11, 2013

Multumesc frumos Danutza !!!

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