Sunday, February 3, 2013

Mascaron Fountain

This mascaron was once placed above a public fountain on a corner of the “Palazzo Pretorio”, in what is now Piazza Grande. After a make over of the building in the late 19th century, the grotesque relief was moved to a new location, inside a man-made grotto in the Parterre public gardens.
Mascaron fountain, Sandro Pertini park, Parterre, Livorno
Mascaron fountain, Sandro Pertini park, Parterre, January 2013

Old postcard, mascaron fountain, Parterre, Livorno
Mascaron fountain, Parterre, 1901

(Postcard digitized from the collection of Antonio Cantelli)
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See also: Parterre - Cages & Palm Trees

12 comments:

Lois Evensen said...

Fascinating comparison. The post card is dated 3 years before my father was born.

Birdman said...

Not for the positive, that's for sure.

Michelle said...

Nice to see the comparison through time.

Randy said...

I really like that old postcard.

Dina said...

I wonder what the posing man is holding up, a sign, a message?

VP said...

Dina - I thought he was holding a folded newspaper, but you may be right...

PerthDailyPhoto said...

So interesting to see the differences, it seems to be much more 'protected' now, a sign of the times oui!

cieldequimper said...

It's a shame that is has to be caged...

JM said...

These man-made rock grottos are so typical of the good old days.

Small City Scenes said...

Too bad it has to be behind bars nowadays. Beautiful before. MB

Cezar and Léia said...

I love when you show us these vintage images!Very nice to see the difference.
Léia

tapirgal said...

It's so sad-looking today, and so romantic on the card.