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Neptune in "Neptune Fountain" (Fontana di Nettuno) in Piazza della Signoria, Florence

Medici duke Cosimo I appears as Neptune in this statue (1563-1575), a work of Bartolommeo Ammannati and assistants (including Giambologna), it was ridiculed by Michelangelo, who wrote: "Ammannato [sic], Ammannato, che bel marmo hai rovinato" (Ammannato, Ammannato, what a beautiful piece of marble you have ruined). Florentines refer to this work as "Il Biancone" or "The White Giant", and claim it wanders around the piazza when struck by the light of a full moon. Look for the stone inscription on the ground in front of the statue, the spot where Girolamo Savonarola and two fellow Dominican monks were burned for heresay on May 23, 1498.

Last Revised October 11, 2007

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