Fountain of Neptune
(Fontana del Nettuno)
The Fountain of Neptune is located on the Piazza della Signoria in front of the Palazzo Vecchio. in Florence, Italy
The fountain was commissioned in 1565 and is the work of the sculptor Bartolomeo Ammannati who completed the commission with the help of Flemish sculptor Giambologna. It was constructed to celebrate the wedding of Francesco I de' Medici to the grand duchess Johanna of Austria in 1565. Baccio Bandinelli designed the model but died before he could start working on the fountain.
The central figure of Neptune stands on a high pedestal. The Ronam god represents Florence's dominion over the seas. The central pedestal is decorated with the mythical figures of Scylla and Charybdis. In addition, reclining, bronze river gods, laughing satyrs, and marble sea-horses are shown emerging from the water.
The 750 lira stamp was issued by Italy in 1992 on the 400th anniversary of the death of Bartolomeo Ammannati.