GIAMBOLOGNA
(b. ca. 1524, Douai, d. 1608, Firenze)

Appenine

1570s
Rock, lava, brick, etc., height 10 m
Garden of the Villa Medici, Pratolino

Giambologna designed the Appenine, a fountain of sorts set in a garden of titillating marvels at the Medici Villa at Pratolino. The theatrical work combined several Mannerist themes: the colossus, the fountain, the interaction between art and nature. It was carved partly out of living rock and embellished with dripped stucco, lava and other materials to appear organic.