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This tabernacle as with many in Florence is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and located along via Nazionale since 1850. This one dates from 1522 and takes its name from the seven cherub heads that... more »
This fountain is located along one of the busiest streets in Florence, directly across from via dell’Ariento and can be easily missed as most people head to the market stalls. This fountain dates... more »
Made by Jerome and perhaps Giovanni della Robbia in 1522, it was so named for the presence of the seven heads of cherub that pour, through cannellines on the mouths, as many water waves in the marble bath. The tabernacle was originally located in the nearby St. Catherine of Alexandria street and was dismantled and reassembled here. The architectural character of the tabernacle is made evident by its unusual dimensions. "The plinth consists of a marble tub supported by three shelves shaped like a lioness. Above it, from a slab of the same material, seven angelic protomes pour jets of water into the tank (which has earned the tabernacle the popular name "of the Fonticine"). From a stone sill stand two columns leaning against two lesene sits behind, all equipped with capitals of composite order. On the die above the capitals are carved heads of angels. The frame above holds up a full-length arch, supported by tiles" (Saints). It is modeled in terracotta in polychrome, in the rich color style of Giovanni, and depicts in the central part the Madonna with the Child among the saints Jacopo, Lorenzo and Giovannino, with also the saints Barbara and Caterina d'Alessandira in lateral niches; at the top are the Eternal Father with the Holy Spirit and adoring angels and along the frame, between sects of fruit and foliage, you can see heads and figures of saints: Sebastian (in a small niche on the left), Antonio Abbot, Domenico, Stefano, a holy bishop (Zanobi?), Francesco, Filippo Benizzi (this head is the result of a restoration of 1886 after it was crushed) and Rocco (full figure in the niche on the bottom right).
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