The Neptune Fountain is located at the entrance of Piazza della Signoria in Florence. This work is by Bartolomeo Ammannati with the participation of his students including Il Giambologna. Nicknamed Il Biancone by the Florentines who found the sculputures too white and told Ammannati he had wasted marble with the joke: Ammannato, Ammannato, quanto marmo t’hai sciupato! (Ammannato, Ammannato, how much marble did you waste!).
The Neptune is in Carrara marble and with the facial features of Cosimo de Medici, it overhangs the representation of the two sea monsters Scylla and Charybdis and is surrounded by satyrs and sea horses, the fountain was built for the wedding of Francis I of Medici who will become Grand Duke of Tuscany and is the eldest son of Cosimo I.
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