Piazza dei Quiriti Fountain Rome (Fountain of the Caryatids)

The fountain in the Piazza dei Quiriti in the Prati district is one of several fountains in Rome that was built in the year 1927, when a number of the districts of the city each got their own fountain. The official name of the fountain is Fountain of the Caryatids.

Piazza dei Quiriti Fountain Rome

History and description

The Fontana della Piazza dei Quiriti was built by the sculptor Attilio Selva and was rather controversial at the time because of the female nudes.

The fountain consists of a circular basin from which fine sheets of water cascade. The four female figures stand in the centre of the basin and have their backs to the viewer.

A caryatid is a sculpted female figure serving as an architectural support to an entablature, just like a pillar or column does.

Fountain of the Caryatids, Rome

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