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These two "twin" fountains were commissioned by the Farnese family to the architect Girolamo Rainaldi in 1626,

and erected, not by chance, in the Farnese Square in front of one of the most

beautiful buildings of 16th century in Rome: Palazzo Farnese.

These two fountains combine the Baroque style with two Classical artifacts such the two basins made of

"Marmor Claudianus" aka "Granito del Foro" coming from the Baths of Caracalla,

with a kind of Gothic-like bas-reliefs carved on the middle basin

just below the fleurs-de-lis - coat of arms of the

Farnese family - that crown the fountains.

I restored the two fountains twice,

the first time in 1993,

and the second

time in

2007.

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