Genius of Palermo

The sculpture of the Genius of Palermo is located in the Praetorian Palace. It was probably part of a complex, possibly a fountain in the Praetorian Palace commissioned by the praetor Pietro Speciale and made by Domenico Gagini and Gabriele di Battista. The Genius appears as a bearded man with a crown on his head, holding a snake in his arms, the latter shown biting his chest.
The iconography is similar to the Genio del Garraffo, kept in a marble aedicule near the Vuccira market, made by Pietro de Bonitate in 1483, also forming part of a fountain. The sculpture is located within a niche, the cusp of which features the iconographic motif of the shell or conch.