April 18, 2021

“The Mountain God” 16th-Century Sculpture In Florence, Italy Hides An Entire World Inside

We live in a world that is surrounded by beautiful creations that formed over time. And to some people, they are an inspiration to create man-made beauties. That’s why architecture is not just concrete and blocks, it is an art that is “appreciated by many” but “perfected by” a previous few. And those few ones who perfected it, have gifted to this world some awe-inspiring buildings.

This epic colossus, half man, half mountain, was brought to life in the late 1500s by the Italian sculptor Giambologna as a symbol of Italy’s rugged Apennine mountains. This mountain god, fittingly named Appennino, stands 35 feet tall over the ground of the Villa di Pratolino in Tuscany.

The rugged, mountainous statue hides a wonderful secret – its interior hides several rooms with different functions. The monster that his left-hand holds spewed water from an underground stream, and it is rumored that space in his head was made for a fireplace which, when lit, would blow smoke out of his nostrils.

More info: discovertuscany.com | Blogspot (h/t: mymodernmet)

Image credits: Andreas Angelidakis

Image credits: Andreas Angelidakis

Image credits: Andreas Angelidakis – This model reveals the rooms inside of the colossus.

Image credits: Andreas Angelidakis

Image credits: Andreas Angelidakis

Image credits: Andreas Angelidakis