Mar 11, 2017

Fontana delle Naiadi

In the center of Piazza della Repubblica, broad square laid out in the late 1800s, there is this exuberant Fountain of the Naiads, a real pièce de résistance draped with voluptuous bronze ladies wrestling happily with marine monsters. The nudes weren't there when pope unveiled the fountain in 1870, sparing him any embarrassment. But when the figures were added in 1901, they caused a scandal, for it's said that the sculptor, Mario Rutelli, modeled them on the ample figures of two musical comedy stars of the day

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