Fountain of Neptune

Male Statues & Their Appendages, Florence

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After reading a rather interesting article titled “Why Aren’t Classical Statues Very Well Endowed”, it had me looking back through my photos of my trip to Florence, Italy.  Check out the article.

So I thought I would share some of those photos with you.  I know you want to see them!

Now obviously, the Statue of David is not in these photos as you can’t take photos in the museum.

Piazza della Signoria

The Piazza della Signoria has been the centre of political life in Florence since the 14th century.  The Palazzo Vecchio Museum and Tower overlook the square.  The sculptures in Piazza della Signoria are full of political and contradictory connotations. 

The replica Statue of David was placed outside the Palazzo Vecchio as a symbol of the Republic’s defiance of the tyrannical Medici. In contrast the Hercules and Cacus statue was taken by the Medici to show their physical power after their return from exile.

Replica of the Statue of David
Replica of the Statue of David
Hercules and Cacus (1533)
Hercules and Cacus (1533)

Boboli Gardens

The Boboli Gardens are more than just a garden.  They are an open air museum show casing centuries old oak trees, fountains and of course sculptures.  The gardens are 400 years in the making, starting in the 15th century before being completed in the 19th century.

Fountain of Neptune, otherwise known as the Fountain of the Fork
Fountain of Bacchus
This is the Fountain of Bacchus which represents Braccio di Bartolo, part of the court of Cosimo I de’Medici. He is depicted as naked and drunk with wine, riding a turtle (don’t ask me why, I don’t know!)

Loggia dei Lanzi

Loggia dei Lanzi is an open air museum next to the Piazza del Signoria.

Perseus holding the decapitated head of Medusa (in bronze) (1554)
Menelaus supporting the body of Patroclus
Hercules and Nessus (1599)
Rape of the Sabine Women (1583)

So after inspecting a number of classical male statues …… well I’ll leave it for you to decide!

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