The Fontana della Sirena is Napoli (Naples), Italy, is a statue of Parthenope. She was a mermaid in Greek mythology, who cast herself into the sea after failing to lure Odysseus off his ship with her song. Napoli was originally named after Parthenope, until it was renamed Napoli (New City). A legend has it that […]
The small city of Senigallia on the north-east coast of Italy has its own ‘little mermaid’ statue. She is found at the end of the pier at Porto di Levante, Senigallia’s harbor. The statue is known as Penelope of Senigallia, but is also popularly referred to as ‘The Little Mermaid of Senigallia’ and is often […]
The Fountain of Diana (Fontana di Diana) is found in the Archimedes Plaza (Piazza Archimede) in Syracuse (Siracusa) on the east coast of Sicily. Diana is the goddess of the hunt, wild animals and wilderness, childbirth and virginity, and was often shown carrying a bow and arrow. She was the daughter of Zeus and twin […]
The marble and stone basins of Fontana del Nettuno and the nearly identical Fontana del Moro at the south end of Piazza Navona were created in 1574, but only Fontana del Moro had statues from the beginning. The Neptune fountain had no statues for over 300 years, until they were added in 1873-78. The statue […]
There are two separate concrete sculptures, each with two mermaids, in Bologna’s Montagnola Park. They were created in 1888 by local artist Diego Sarti, for the 1888 National Art Exhibition. You can find many more photos and more information on the page I created for these sculptures here.
The Fountain of Neptune (Fontana di Nettuno) in Bologna dates back to 1565, and was created by Jean de Boulogne, also known as Giambologna. It was a controversial artwork when it was created, and still raises eyebrows even today. The fountain, also known as “The Giant” is located exactly in the ancient center of […]
A fabulous sculpture, Der Seltene Fang (The Rare Catch) by Ernst Herter, is found in Berlin’s Viktoriapark. It depicts a fisherman struggling to keep hold of a twin-tailed mermaid caught in his net. Berlin’s Viktoriapark was opened in 1894, and features a large manmade waterfall (Kreutzberger Wasserfall) and several ponds, statues, sculptures and monuments. While most […]
The little Malente Mermaid sits on a rock just a few feet from a lakeside trail by the Dieksee Lake in northern Germany. She is a casual and carefree water sprite, playing with her hair while getting some sun. More details and pictures on the new page dedicated to this mermaid here.
Opposite the famous Széchenyi Thermal Baths in Budapest is the “Sellők díszkút” (mermaid fountain), created in 1978 by artists Jenő Kerényi and István Szabó. See more details and many more images at the full page for this fountain of mermaids, here.
News arrived just today of another mermaid sculpture – this time on Corsica, in the commercial harbor of Bastia. This mermaid sculpture was created by the Italian-French sculptor Gabriel Diana in 2002. The mermaid is made in bronze, and is seated on a rock of raw marble, between two large propeller blades (from a propeller whose third […]