The Appennine Colossus by Giambologna

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Giambologna was a sculpture who lived in 1529 – 1608 carved this magnificent statute located in Villa di Pratolino, a lovely garden, 12 km north of Florence, Italy.

The garden once included grottos and caves, mazes, and multiple water pipes and fountains that would spray visitors.  Personally I think this statue might be the petrified remains of a fallen god. 🙂

The villa was built by the solitary Francesco I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany in part to please his Venetian mistress in 1580's. It passed through many hands over the years, including Grand Duke Ferdinand III before ending up being bought by the province of Florence who maintain the park and open it for public use from May until September.

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