Fountain of Neptune - Il Biancone, Florence

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    Fountain of Neptune – central meeting point

    by brendareed Written Jun 15, 2014

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    In the Piazza della Signoria, to the left of the Palazzo Vecchio, is a fountain with Neptune as its center piece. Neptune, the Roman god of the sea, has a face similar to Cosimo I de’ Medici. The fountain was meant to symbol Florence’s dominion over the water. It was created by Bartolomeo Ammannati in the mid-1500s for the wedding of one of the Medici family.

    The actual statue of Neptune is a copy with the original in the Bargello Museum. The statue has been the target of vandalism in the past and now has surveillance cameras watching at all times. After it was first erected, it was also used as a place for doing laundry. Nowadays, security of the statue is a high priority.

    If you need to meet people in Florence, this statue makes a good meeting spot – it is central and easy to find.
    Two more things near the statue – there is a free water refills behind the statue; simply put your bottle or glass into the machine and you get fresh water for free. Also, in front of the statue is the round marker that shows where the monk Savonarola was executed for heresy and sedition in the late 1400s.

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    Fountain of Neptune

    by xxsentiaxx Written Sep 30, 2009

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    Statue by Bartolomeo Ammannati. The Neptune figure, whose face resembles that of Cosimo I de' Medici, was meant to be an allusion to the dominion of the Florentines over the sea. The pedestal in the middle is decorated with the mythical chained figures of Scylla and Charybdis. The statue of Neptune is a copy made in the nineteenth century, while the original is in the National Museum.
    This statue and fountain are right outside the Uffizi in Piazza della Signoria.

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    Fountain of Neptune

    by mallyak Written Aug 31, 2008

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    The Fountain of Neptune is a fountain in Florence, Italy, situated on the Piazza della Signoria (Signoria square), in front of the Palazzo Vecchio.

    This work by Bartolomeo Ammannati (1563–1565) and some assistants, such as Giambologna, was commissioned on the occasion of the wedding of Francesco I de' Medici with grand duchess Johanna of Austria in 1565. The assignment had first been given to Baccio Bandinelli, who designed the model but he died before he could start working on the block of Apuan marble.
    The fountain has suffered a great deal of damage during the centuries. It was used as a washbasin for laundry at the end of the 16th century. It was vandalized on January 25 1580. A satyr was stolen during the carnival in 1830. It was damaged again by the Bourbon bombardments of 1848. Consequently, it has been the object of several restorations and substitutions. On August 4 2005, the statue was the target of three vandals who climbed it, damaging one of the hands and the trident of Neptune. The act was recorded by security cameras. The statue was restored by 2007

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    The Neptune Fountain

    by y2ketan2007 Updated Jan 26, 2008

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    A stunning fountain in marble and bronze in Piazza Della Signoria in Florence.This courtyard is the most beautiful one in Tuscanny if not in the whole of Italy.Spend at least a couple of hours here in the square to see classic sculpture all around as well as meet locals and tourists.

    An amazing fountain in Florence

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    Fontana del Biancone

    by viddra Written May 23, 2007

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    Fontana del Biancone (The Neptune Fountain) is a work of Ammannati and his younger collaborators, including Giambologna.

    Your attention is immediately drawn to the powerful figure of Neptune, but there are other statues to be admired as well. They represent River Allegories of satyrs and nymphs.

    It took 12 years (1563-75) to complete this fountain.

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    Don't miss Neptune Fountain & Equestrian Statues

    by longsanborn Updated May 2, 2007

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    In the big Piazza della Signoria, you will see the unmissable Fontana del Nettuno (Neptune's Fountain: 1560-75), created by Bartolomeo Ammannati as a tribute to Cosimo I's naval ambitions. However, the Florentines didn't like it and nicknamed it "Il Biancone" (the Big Whitey).

    The next interesting thing to see is the bronze equestrian statue of Cosimo I by Giambologna (1594). Cosimo I de' Medici was the Duke of Florence from 1537 to 1574, reigning as the first Grand Duke of Tuscany from 1569.

    Bronze equestrian statue of The Neptune Fountain
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    Il Biancone (Fountain of Neptune)

    by codrutz Updated Aug 22, 2006

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    The Fountain of Neptune is called by the Florentins Il Biancone (The White Giant). The sculptor was Bartolomeo Ammannati and the year was 1565, with the occasion of a wedding in the Medici family. The Neptun's figure ressembles the face of Cosimo I de'Medici - nice twist ;) The white giant stands on a piedestal in the middle of the fountain, on horses and the mytical chained figures Scylla and Charybdis. This one is a copy, the original made in the 19th century is moved safely in the National Museum. A good move because the tifosi always ment trouble for the undefending statues . Recently a drunk guy wanted to have a picture too close to the giant and climbed on its left hand. Seconds he was in water with the broken hand of the statue.

    But the greatest thing about the Neptune is the following thing that Michelangelo said to Ammannati when seing the work: "Ammannato, you've ruined a lovely block of marble!" :)))) Great line, I did not know he had such humour :))

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    Neptune Fountain

    by rcsparty Written May 1, 2006

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    The Neptune Fountain in Piazzelle della Signoria has been called a waste of marble by Michaelangelo. It is the main fountain in the square and is probably most significant as a locator for the plaque in the ground, to signify where Savonarola was burned at the stake.

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    The Fountain of Neptune

    by Mikebb Written Apr 26, 2006

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    This is a large fountain built by Bartolomeo Ammanuati during the period 1560 to 1565, an apprentice of Michelangelo, for Cosimo de Medici the ruling family. It was his intention to make Florence a naval power. It is centrally located and well worth viewing.

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    Fountain I can't remember the name of

    by alisonr Written Nov 16, 2005

    I am such a terrible tour guide, sorry folks, I keep forgetting the names of things I have seen, really famous things that I should know!! Is it something about Neptune?? Please help me!! Anyhow, we were there a few days after a vandal had damaged the hand of the statue man. They caught him and he got put in jail.

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    Fontana del Biancone

    by croisbeauty Updated Sep 19, 2005

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    Fontana del Biancone, by Ammannati, better known as The Neptune Fountain was carried out between 1563 and 1575. In creating the powerful figure of Neptune, Ammannati was inspired by a drawing of Leonardo da Vinci. He was much succesful in creating the bronze statues representing River Allegories of satyrs and nymphs. One of his collaborators in works was great Giambologna.
    Unfortunatelly, in the summer of 2005 right arm of Neptune was severely damaged by a so-called tourist, who climbed up on the figure.

    Fontana del Biancone the damage on the Neptune
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    The fountain of Neptune

    by ophiro Written Aug 8, 2005

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    There is a beautiful fountain in Piazza della Signoria called "The fountain of Neptune".
    Neptune was the roman god of sea.

    the fountain was built by Bartolomeo Ammannati one of Michelangelo's students.

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    Neptune Statue

    by lashr1999 Updated Jul 29, 2005

    Cosimo de Medici wanted to make Florence a naval power, to aid in his plans of expansion. To symbolize this goal he sponsored the creation of the Neptune statue, the god of the sea in the city center. At the Piazza della Signoria, we can now admire the Neptune fountain, a work of Ammannati. The statue looks great. However, I think the sculptor may have been drunk or is having fun with the audience by having neptune pee towards you.

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    Neptune Fountain (Fontana del Nettuno)

    by geeyook Updated Jul 22, 2004

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    Neptune Fountain (Fontana del Nettuno) was sculpted by Bartolomeo Ammanati between 1560 and 1575 and was unveiled on the occasion of the marriage between Francesco I dei Medici and Giovanna d’Austria. Ammanati considered the fountain one of his failures. Ridiculed by Florentines, it was dubbed "Il Biancone" (The Big White Thing).

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    Neptune fountain and Loggia dei Lanzi

    by dvideira Updated May 28, 2004

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    The Piazza della Signoria is an open-air museum in the center of Florence.

    On the corner of the Palazzo della Signoria ( or Palazzo Vecchio ) there is the famous fountain with the figure of NEPTUNE in white Carrara marble by sculptor Bartolomeo Ammannati. The fauns and the marine divinities are works fused in bronze by Giambologna.

    In the back of the picture there is the Loggia dei Lanzi. Under the elegant arches of the loggia - which were erected between 1376-1382 for the public ceremonies of the Signoria - there are many sculptures on display.
    If my photo wasn't so stupidly taken you would be able to see that....
    There are six Roman statues representing heroines. There is also the RAPE OF POLISSENA, a 19th century work by Pio Fedi. HERCULES AND THE CENTAUR is by Giambologna. To the sides of the loggia there are two masterpieces: PERSEUS WITH THE HEAD OF MEDUSA by Benvenuto Cellini and the RAPE OF THE SABINES by Giambologna.
    As my photo was indeed stupidly taken... all you can see in the distance is the PERSEUS...

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