This beautiful bronze Venus fountain is in the Wallenstein Garden in Prague. Well worth a visit if you are ever in the city. The geometric early-Baroque garden by the Wallenstein Palace was built in Italian style in 1620s.
The important Dutch sculptor Adriaen de Vries made a series of sculptures for the Wallenstein Garden in 1626. The sculptures represent figures from Greek mythology and they are valuable Mannerist works of art. These sculptures were took away as a war booty by the Swedish army in 1648 and they can still be seen in the garden of Drootningholm castle in Sweden. You can see replicas of these sculptures in the Wallenstein Garden.
The only sculpture given back to Prague is Venus with Amor and a dolphin by Benedikt Wurzelbauer from 1599. It is placed in the Prague Castle Gallery and there is a replica in the Wallenstein Garden. You can see it at the bronze fountain in front of the sala terrena.
For the life of me I can’t understand why I didn’t take a photo from the front, but I didn’t. I do have other photos of the garden though, so maybe I should write a post about it.
If you’d like to join in with the fountain challenge then please pop over to Polianthus for the rules
This month she is looking for artistic fountains. I’m sure she would love to see you.