Fountain of the Sea Monsters, Livorno, Italia


1965

Fountain of the Sea Monsters, Livorno, Italia

In 1956 after the discovery of the original molds, the Mayor of Florence, Giorgio La Pira and the municipality of Livorno, on the occasion of the 350th anniversary of the designation of the first standard-bearer of the Tuscan province, commissioned the Fonderia Marinelli to produce casts after the originals of the two ‘Fountains with Sea Monsters’, executed in bronze by Pietro Tacca in 1629 for Cosimo I de’ Medici. The Grand Duke Medici had at first intended it to be placed on the dock at the port of Livorno. He subsequently changed his mind and ordered them to be placed in Piazza Santissima Annunziata in Florence, where they are to be seen today. They were cast at Fonderia Marinelli in 1965 and placed in Piazza Colonnella in Livorno.

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