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Jacopo della Quercia and his work-masterpiece: Fonte Gaia

A source in the middle of the Piazza del Campo in Siena

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Jacopo di Pietro d'Agnolo di Guarnieri said Jacopo della Quercia born in Siena in about 1374 was an Italian sculptures.

His works and his interest turned to the figures, monumental yields. He attempted a synthesis of Gothic sculpture of Giovanni Pisano and Burgundy. It was stylistically a block, which was realized only later by Michelangelo.

The tribute to Siena: Fonte Gaia

Fonte Gaia, the finest source of Siena, situated in Piazza del Campo, is theopera-masterpiece of the sculptor Jacopo della Quercia. Inaugurated in 1346, was named ' Gaia ' to the exultation of the Sienese people when he saw the water flowing in the square. For power it had been constructed a hydraulic tunnel 30 meters. The source was decorated with a series of reliefs commissioned by Jacopo della Quercia.

The weak material and life that took place in the square damaged the Source, as well as an episode of 1743 in which to better see the Palio climbed out of one of the sculptures of Rhea Silvia.

In 1859 it was decided to replace the source by Jacopo della Quercia with a copy in marble of Carrara commissioned Sienese sculptor Tito Sarrocchi and was protected by a gate of Giuseppe Partini. The reliefs have been renovated and are now in the Museo di Santa Maria della Scala.