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GetCOO | Fontana delle Cariatidi

Fontana delle Cariatidi

A fountain is in the center, built in 1928 by sculptor Attilio Selva (Trieste 1888-1970). commissioned by the governor of Rome, Rieti Veralli Ludovico Spada Potenziani, who had been directed by Mussolini to manage the urban Capital. The fountain is called the fountain of the Caryatids. The realization of Fontana was considered "scandalous" for the presence of four statues of naked women. The design is thought to be one of the causes that brought Mussolini to dismiss the governor in 1928.

The work, which looks vaguely Renaissance and baroque, consists of a circular pool slightly raised above the street level. The protruding edge, the center of which is placed on a large circular base, a convex edge, on which the 'water slides rather than falls. The base supports a stocky and short baluster, adorned at the top with the leaves or petals relief from which flows the water and in the lower half, with a series of small tanks placed around the circumference of the banister. The latter supports a wide, central, flared basin, whose center is located, in a circular base just higher than the tub edge. On the base are four large sitting nude female figures, caryatids, supporting the arms. At the center of the water gushes from a big pine cone.

The inauguration, was originally scheduled for 21 April 1928, but had to be postponed until next May 9 . The controversy soon subsided, because the art of recent fascist government favored the display of naked bodies that soon adorned many buildin