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Bronze Satyr In The Fountain Of Neptune Of Florence
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."
August 3rd, 2013
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