Fountain of the Naiads

The fountain of the Naiads, in the centre of Piazza della Repubblica, is the work of Mario Rutelli, of Palermo, who carved the group of sculptures in 1901. The naiads portrayed are the Lake Nymph, recognizable by theswan she holds, the River Nymph, lying on a river monster, the Ocean Nymph, riding on a horse symbolising the sea, and the Nymph of Underground Waters, resting on a mysterious dragon. At the centre is the Glaucus group (1912), symbolizing man’s dominion over the forces of nature.

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