Villa di Pratolino

This beautiful work of art is situated in the gardens of what was once the Villa di Pratolino, a Renaissance patrician villa in Vaglia, Tuscany, Italy. The villa and gardens were constructed between 1569 and 1581, and the Colossus came into being between 1579 and 1580.

The villa itself was mostly demolished in 1820, but the gardens survived and are still open to the public today. The Apennine Colossus, or Appennino, was created by legendary Italian sculptor Giambologna (1529 – 1608), who is responsible for well-known works such as various versions of Mercury, plus Samson Slaying a Philistine (1562), and Hercules beating the Centaur Nessus (1599).

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Villa di Pratolino