The base of the fountain is decorated by four Latin sentences that recall its genesis: "aere publico" meaning built with the citizens money, "popoli commodo" which reminds us of its service to the people of Bologna, "fori ornamento" concerning the decorative function of the fountain and the fourth inscription with the date of its construction, 1563.
The base is flanked by four nude Nereids, two-tailed sea nymphs. The sensuality of the Nereids caused a great turmoil during the years following its inauguration. The application of the rules by the Council of Trent in 153 and the aim for a higher morality had as result the censoring of art pieces (we may recall that this was the period in which trousers were painted in the Sistine Chapel) and the Nereids were considered outrageous. Apparently, young ladies from good Catholic families in Bologna avoided passing in front of them when reaching into the main square.
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