The Fountain of Neptune (Fontana di Nettuno) is a monumental civic fountain located in Piazza Nettuno, next to Piazza Maggiore, in Bologna, Italy. 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 mature years, completed about 1567.
The fountain was designed by the Palermitan architect Tommaso Laureti in 1563, with an over-life-size bronze of the god Neptune on the top, executed by Giambologna, who had submitted a model for the fountain of Neptune in Florence, but had lost the commission to Baccio Bandinelli. Before the fountain was built, an entire edifice was demolished to make space for it. The fountain was completed in 1565, with the statue of Neptune being fixed in place within a couple of years.
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. 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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dkmurphys (59213) 2013-12-08 0:30
Very beautiful capture from that old main square. Italian style in it's most spectacular way. Good catch, have a fine Sunday.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2013-12-08 1:08
wow, a facincting place to spend some time... Like the fountain at FG, and those beautiful buildings at background. Presence of those people with colourful dress made your composition lively. Great shot. Tfs.
carlo62 (49199) 2013-12-08 1:19
per i bolognesi si chiama piazza Grande ed è una delle piazze più belle d'Italia a mio parere.
Bella la tua foto, ha incluso la vita di tutti i giorni attraverso le persone che si siedono attorno a questa fontana, credo che ci sia sempre qualcuno, anche di notte.
Royaldevon (39344) 2013-12-08 1:20
Italy is a country full of public art. Every corner, every piazza has some incredible art work. It is a photographer's paradise!
This is a well composed shot, the mighty figure of Neptune nicely positioned, off-centre, against the corner of the b/g wall. The whole of the shot seems to be leading the viewer to this important focal point.
Have a great Sunday,
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-12-08 1:45
The fabulous fountain makes a very good focal point in this attractive shot Stephen. This must be a place to wander around and enjoy, the architecture is diverse and you have captured the details well. I very much like the inclusion of the people sitting and relaxing as they take-in the location. You have captured a nice slow-paced feel here, very attractive. Warm regards rosemary
trevormoffiet (3112) 2013-12-08 2:05
Great photo of the statue and its surroundings. Good note to accompany the image. Its always nice to see the daily life of people included with the architecture. I find it interesting that the people in the photo don't seem interested in the statue itself; they are more interested in using the steps for seating.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-12-08 5:19
una fontana del Nettuno in verione HDR che rende più luminosi e vivaci i colori della severa architettura mesioevale.
Una luminosità che trasforma la scena e la rende più ricca e colorata.
Ottima la ricchezza di dettagli grazie ad una nitidezza di alto livello.
Partiocolari, ma assai gradevoli i colori.
Ciao e buona domenica
Nicou (143130) 2013-12-08 5:42
quelle place et iamge sueprbe quelle fontaine fabuleux avec les personnage assis et ces bâtiment en fond fantastique captage.
Bravo et amitié
Sergiom (80714) 2013-12-08 5:45
J'aime le fini HDR de cette composition, car personnellement je n'ai jamais réussi à photographier cette fontaine de manière adéquate à cause des ombres nombreuses sur cette superbe place.
ikeharel (72175) 2013-12-08 7:08
Magnificent Fontana picture, Stephen, with the old town as background decorations.
People added life to the scene, most of them actually engage in some type of cellular activity - sign of modernism. Nice outlines and clear view of the place.
Noel_Byrne (31424) 2013-12-08 7:11
That's an impressive work of art, and you have presented it beautifully against the castellated building behind, giving a great architectural interest too. Nice to see that this fountain forms an important part of daily life with all the people relaxing in the warm sun around it. The light is beautiful and the point of view is perfect to show so much.
All the best
Highmountains (2674) 2013-12-08 7:47
It is a beautiful statue and the surroundings are actually peaceful and quiet.
And I would have liked Stephen to explain the significance of the building in the background and the piazza where he stood to take this beautiful photograph.
Piazza Maggiore may not be one of the most famous piazzas, but personally - it was one of the prettiest. It has a mood of its own. I am happy that the photograph shows people sitting alone in contemplation below the statue.
The photograph has been taken in the shade and it adds to the contemplative nature of this place.
Thanks for sharing, Stephen.
Silvio1953 (144378) 2013-12-08 8:20
Ciao Stephen, great view of beautiful fountain, lovely compositionwith a lot of people, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Fis2 (98577) 2013-12-08 10:00
Excellent colours and light.
cornejo (42947) 2013-12-08 11:22
Salut Stephen très belle photo de cette scène intéressante de la vie quotidienne dans la fontaine de Neptune, magnifiquement capturé dans cette grande et belle photographie. Image intéressante avec une bonne netteté, lumière et couleur. Très bon et beau travail parfaitement fait, félicitations mon ami. Merci pour le partage de ce travail intéressant.
Bonsoir et début heureux de la semaine.
Salutations chaleureuses du sud de l'Espagne.
Cricri (120143) 2013-12-09 12:43
Excellent l'angle de prise de cette fantastique fontaine, l'architecture est aussi intéressante, très bien composer et réaliser
fabbs99 (17167) 2013-12-10 22:11
The Fountain of Neptune provide a nice seating platform for the visitors.Amazing sharpness and perfect light.Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
delpeoples (58288) 2013-12-11 17:53
I've only seen this a night time, so am delighted to see it during the day here. There are certainly details of it I didn't appreciate in the dark and I love the way you have captured it with the people sitting at its base, seeking shade and a little bit of solitude. Lovely colours and you did really well with evening out the light, as the extremes of light and shade look to have been quite pronounced.
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (100062)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-09-00
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-12-08 0:21