AMMANATI, Bartolomeo
(b. 1511, Settignano, d. 1592, Firenze)

Fountain of Neptune

1559-75
Marble and bronze
Piazza della Signoria, Florence

The large fountain, commissioned for the marriage of Francesco I de' Medici to Joanna, the natural daughter of Charles V the Habsburg emperor, features a huge statue of the sea god surrounded by triton spouts and standing on a chariot, pulled by sea horses. Despite the damage over time, the monument still presents itself today as it did in the sixteenth century.