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.
Work in progress, by Alison Day
After my recent visit to Sicily and an inspirational visit to an artist's studio-shop in the little town of Monreale, I decided to have a go at a mosaic technique I saw being used there.
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