One of Rome´s Fountains

HELUA

Gothenburg, Sweden

Artist's Description

In the quiet and ancient Via Giulia you will find this modest fountain backed up against the wall. The fountain consists of an ancient porphyry trough (taken from the Roman baths) surmounted by a large marble tablet with a kind of scroll on each side, both scrolls topped with balls made of travertine stone. The center of the tablet is occupied entirely by an enormous mask in white marble, which must certainly also date back to the Ancient Romans. With hair parted in the middle and falling below the chin to frame the face and with a fixed, empty look in its eyes, water spurts from the figure’s half-open mouth to fall into the shell below. At the very top of the tablet there is a huge fleur de lys, a sure sign that the “Big Mask” was erected under the auspices and at the expense of the Farnese family, most likely at the same time as the construction of the two fountains in the Piazza Farnese just around the corner around 1626. Read more here

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