Public Art : Neptune Fountain
Sculptor : © Ercole Ferrata (1610–1686)
Description : The 17th-century Baroque stone fountain
features Neptune perched on a rock surrounded by nymphs.
Date Unveiled: 1675
Location : The fountain can be found outside the
Palacio Nacional, Queluz, Portugal.
Background : Originally the fountain was commissioned
in Rome around 1675 by Luis de Meneses, Count of Ericeira and Portuguese Ambassador in Rome, for his garden at
his Lisbon palace of Anunciada. From research it is believed the fountain was commissioned from Gian Lorenzo
Bernini (the “vernino”) who delegated work over to Ercole Ferrata.
In 1755 an enormous earthquake registering between 8.5 and 9.0 destroyed much of
Lisbon however the fountain somehow survived and was moved to another location. Over the years it was moved
several times until it was finally purchased by the state and placed in the gardens of Queluz in the first half of
the 20th century.