The marble fountain in the Piazza delle Cinque Scole was commissioned by Pope Gregory XIII (r. 1572-85) and is attributed to Giacomo della Porta (1532-1602). The fountain was completed, circa 1591-1593, by Pietro Gucci.
The Fontana del Pianto, as it is known (after the nearby church of Santa Maria del Pianto), once stood a short distance away, but was moved here in 1930. The spot where it originally stood is marked by white stones.
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My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private and
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