Large multi-figured fountainAt the apex of this decorative fountain in the main square in Bologna is the striding figure of Neptune, god of the sea. He is silhouetted against the sky carrying the trident, his characteristic symbol.
Cupids or Erotes at mid levelHere the fish spout water from this mid level. The disembodied head also spits water. The cartouche below represents papal symbols--tiara and keys.
Mannerist follyMannerist sculptures, while often erotic, often depict joking absurdities--here the sea nymphs/mermaids whose breasts spray arcing streams of water.