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Johann Zitek (1826-95)

The Turtle Fountain ('La fontana delle Tartarughe')  dated 1851

Engraving and etching | 43.4 x 53.3 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 854256

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A print depicting the Turtle Fountain ('Fontana delle Tartarughe'), a fountain in Rome built between 1580 and 1588 by Giacomo della Porta and Taddeo Landini. This print is lettered with production details and title.

Ruland (1876) notes that the fountain was executed by Landini "in imitation of the statue of Jonah", here referring to the statue in the Chigi Chapel, Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome (see RCIN 854244 for a photograph of a cast of Jonah).

The bronze turtles around the upper basin, usually attributed either to Gian Lorenzo Bernini or Andrea Sacchi, were added in either 1658 or 1659 when the fountain was restored.
  • Creator(s)

    Johann Zitek (1826-95) (printmaker)

    After Eduard Jakob von Steinle (1810-86) (draughtsman)

    After Taddeo Landini (?1561-1596) (sculptor)

    After Giacomo Della Porta (1532-1602) (architect)

    Associated with Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (draughtsman)

    Antaria & Comp [Wien] (print seller)

  • 43.4 x 53.3 cm (sheet of paper)

    31.4 x 42.2 cm (platemark)

  • La fontana delle Tartarughe // In ROM

  • Added to the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (c.1853-1876)

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    Subject(s)
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Zoology
        • Animals
          • Reptiles
            • Turtles
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Secular architecture
          • Fountains
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Italy
          • Lazio [Italy]
            • Rome [Lazio]
              • Fontana delle Tartarughe [Rome]
              • Santa Maria del Popolo [Rome]
                • Chigi Chapel [Santa Maria del Popolo]
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p. 309 B.II.1