Sitting in the middle of the Piazza del Nettuno is a magnificent fountain, the Fontana di Nettuno. In the middle of it stands the Statue of Neptune on a square base, the corners of which are said to represent the four cardinal directions. The cherubs on the corners and the dolphins add a playful touch to the fountain. The gleeful mermaids spurt water from their breasts drawing many male eyes.
The Fountain was created in three years (1563 to 1566) by Flemish Artisan sculptor Giovanni da Bologna. He was later nicknamed Giambologna for his work on the fountain. He was considered one of the best sculptors, second only to Michaelangelo, in the age of mannerism.
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