Ortigia

The fountain of Diana in Piazza Archimede

The beautiful Fountain of Diana stands in the centre of Piazza Archimede in the heart of Ortygia. The work was built in 1906 by sculptor Giulio Moschetti, who had already achieved excellent results with the Fontana di Proserpina (Fountain of Persephone) in Catania.
The Fountain of Diana is a depiction of the famous legend of Arethusa. In the centre of the fountain stands the figure of Diana (named Artemis in Greek mythology) with a bow and a dog, typical elements of the hunting goddess and protector of Ortygia in Greek times.

Fontana di Diana
Al centro di Piazza Archimede, nel cuore di Ortigia, è presente la fontana di Diana. L’opera, alta più di 5 metri, è stata costruita nel 1906 dallo scultore Giulio Moschetti e narra della famosa leggenda della ninfa Aretusa. Al centro, in posizione dominante, è rappresentata Diana con l’arco e il cane su un alto basamento a forma di scogliera. Ai suoi piedi c’è Aretusa distesa nel momento in cui la dea sta per trasformarla in sorgente per salvarla da Alfeo. Quest’ultimo compare alla destra di Diana, sorpreso per il prodigio che sta per avvenire. All’interno della vasca, trovano posto quattro sculture che rappresentano una famiglia di Tritoni. Il Tritone e la compagna col piccolo in braccio, cavalcano ciascuno una pistrice, mentre i due Tritoni adolescenti montano due cavalli marini. Questi personaggi mitologici simboleggiano il mare, elemento dove si conclude la storia d’amore. Nella parte più bassa, la vasca è sormontata su quattro lati da mascheroni e da stemmi.

At her feet is Arethusa escaping while on the verge of turning into a spring. On the side, Alpheus appears astonished by what is happening to his love.
Fontana Diana
In the pool there are four Tritons riding two sea horses and two pistris (sea monsters) moving between the waves.
These mythological characters symbolise the sea, the element where the love story ends.
Tritone cavallo marino  Tritone Pistrice
Lastly, the pool has some mascheroni (masks) and coats of arms that echo the classic style of the forms. The fountain was built in reinforced concrete, both because this material is inexpensive and for its wide versatility.

The fountain of Diana in Piazza Archimede

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