MASTER of the Castello della Manta
(active 1410s in Piedmont)

Fountain of Youth (central image)

Sala Baronale, Castello della Manta, Saluzzo

In the centre of the window (south) wall, between the two windows, is the late Gothic fountain. To the left of it a number of travelers are shedding their clothes and stripping off their stockings. At the fountain's edge various figures are either climbing into the water themselves or being assisted by others. Inside the hexagonal basin three rejuvenated couples are engaged in erotic games. The top of the fountain is crowned by a small Cupid busily shooting his darts down among the happily rejuvenated figures disporting themselves to the right.

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