Statue of Abundance
Erected in 1431 in the Piazza dell Repubblica (then the Piazza del Mercado Vecchio), the original granite Column of Abundance was topped with a statue by Donatello in pietra serena sandstone representing the goddess of plenty holding a cornucopia, filled with fruits and vegetables.
On October 20, 1721, a victim of bad weather and the brittle nature of sandstone, Donatello's goddess fell to the ground and broke into a thousand irreparable pieces. Giovanni Battista Foggini (1652-1725), sculptor and architect to the court of Grand Duke Cosimo III, was commissioned to replace it with another statue resembling that of Donatello.
Even this did not survive well, however, as it suffered during the dismantling of the Mercato many years later. It now stands in the Cassa di Risparmio (the old Savings Bank of Florence, now a museum).
November 10, 2011
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