Sunday, 10 May 2015

Fountain of Shame

The Fountain of Shame - Alison Day

The Fontana Pretoria, or 'Fountain of Shame', as it is commonly known, can be found on the Piazza Pretoria in Palermo, Sicily.

The fountain was designed by Francesco Camilliani, a Tuscan sculptor of the Renaissance period. Originally commissioned for a private villa in Florence, it was eventually moved to Palermo. In its day, it was considered a risqué affair, due to its opulence. The balustraded staircases, nude statues of gods and goddesses striking a pose, animal heads, monsters and nymphs spouting water, led the Palermitans to name it: Fontana della Vergogna, or 'Fountain of Shame.

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