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The fountain of Nettuno (Neptune) is placed at the North end of Piazza Navona and is known also as the fountain “dei calderari” (coppersmiths), due to the merchants that sold copper vessels in the nearby Piazza Sant’Apollinare.
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At the time of Gregory the Thirteenth Boncompagni (1572-1585) the fountain consisted of a portasanta marble pond by Della Porta – identical with the one of the Moor at the South end of the square – with a central element removed afterwards.
The sculptural decoration was made only in 1873 when the central figure of Neptune in the act of piercing an octopus was commissioned to Antonio della Bitta, who after many disputes won a competition advertised by the Municipality. Instead the sea-horses held by youngsters, the mermaids, sea-monsters, putt, and the animals around the portasanta basin are also eighteenth century works by Antonio Zappalà from Messina.
Piazza Navona, Rome
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