Il Porcellino, Florence, Italy
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N 43° 46.188 E 011° 15.254
32T E 681430 N 4848775
Quick Description: Il Porcellino ('little pig') is a statue of a Boar. This repilca stands less than 10 minutes walk from the original, which is housed in the Museo Bardini.
Location: Toscana, Italy
Date Posted: 1/2/2011 8:31:51 AM
Waymark Code: WMADWV
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Lee-2
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Long Description:
Extract taken from wikipedia:

"Il Porcellino (Italian "piglet") is the local Florentine nickname for the bronze fountain of a boar.

Originally intended for the Boboli Garden, then moved in the Mercato Nuovo in Florence, Italy. the fountain was placed originally facing east, in via Calimala, in front of the Farmacia del Cinghiale, which is the proper italian noun for Boar. To ensure more space to the traffic it was later moved in the side facing south, where it still stands as one of the most popular spots for tourists. The present statue is only a copy, while the original is sheltered in the new Museo Bardini.

The fountain figure was sculpted and cast by Baroque master Pietro Tacca (1577 –1640) in 1612, following a marble Italian copy of a Hellenistic marble original, at the time in the Grand Ducal collections and today in display in the classical section of the Uffizi Museum.

Visitors to Il Porcellino put a coin into the gaping boar's jaws with the intent to let it fall through the underlying grating for good luck and rub the boar's snout to ensure a return to Firenze, a tradition that has kept the snout in a state of polished sheen while the rest of the boar's body has patinated to a dull brownish-green."
Where is original located?: Museo Bardini, Florence, Italy

Where is this replica located?: Piazza della Signoria, Florence Italy

Who created the original?: Pietro Tacca

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Year Original was Created (approx. ok): 1612

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