Fountain of Neptune
Public Art : Fountain of Neptune (Fuente de
Sculptor : © Juan Pascual de Mena (1707-1784).
Designed by : Ventura Rodriguez (July 14, 1717 –
September 26, 1785)
Description : The white marble sculpture depicts the
sea-god Neptune in a conch-shell chariot pulled by sea-horses and surrounded by dolphins and seals. In one hand
Neptune holds his trusty trident and in the other a coiled snake.
Date Unveiled: 1784
Location : The Fountain of Neptune can be found in
the Plaza de Canovas del Castillo, Madrid, Spain.
Background to the Neptune Fountain: The fountain was
commissioned by Charles III as a project to beautify the avenue in the Paseo del Prado so the wealthier classes
could mingle in splendor. The original plan was for two fountains to be built, one of Neptune and one of Cibeles
but in the end a third was added, that of Apollo. The project was started by architect José de Hermosilla but
following his death in 1775, Ventura Rodriguez took over the project. The commission for the Neptune fountain was
given to sculptor Juan Pascual de la Mena