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Panorama - Fountain of Neptune

Panorama - Fountain of Neptune
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Copyright: Pedro Oliveira (mr_pedro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 406 W: 200 N: 372] (4662)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-15
Categories: Architecture, Artwork
Camera: Nikon D70s, Nikkor 50 mm f 1.8
Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-04-29 14:11
Viewed: 2186
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In the hart of Florence is this beautiful fountain, of wich I am showing just a part. Please klick on the image to view the full image.

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

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 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 figure stands on a high pedestal in the middle of an octogonal fountain. 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.

However, when the work was finished, it wasn't appreciated in particular by the Florentines who use to call it 'Il Biancone' (the white giant). Even Michelangelo scoffed at the sculptor : "Ammanato, you've ruined a lovely block of marble!".

Work continued on this fountain during the next ten years. Ammanati, with the assistance of the best Florentine sculptors and casters, added around the perimeter of the basin, in a mannerist style, suave, reclining, bronze river gods, laughing satyrs and marble sea horses emerging from the water. The monumental marble and the dynamic bronzes give nevertheless a coherent impression. The fountain served as an example for future fountain-makers.

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 has been 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.

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fountain_of_Neptune

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  • harpya Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6058 W: 174 N: 1935] (7534)
  • [2006-04-29 15:27]

Olá Pedro,

Belíssimo visual, eu acho maravilhosa esta fonte, e sendo apresentada neste close-up então, fica mais maravilhosa.
A++++ para a foto, os detalhes aqui são perfeitos.


Perfect subject for a panorama and you made the perfect shot! Excellent clarity and lighting, as well as fine detail.
Well domne!

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2006-05-01 5:39]

I adore panoramic images Pedro, so thanks for uploading one. This subject is just about perfect for the format. PoV is well chosen, even though there appears to be a slight tilt in the bottom. The windows in the back appear level, though.
Anyway, well done on this capture. The large version is perfectly sharp & detailed. Print it in a large version and put it on the wall ;o) (You might consider cloning out the drainpipe first).

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