The Pallata Tower was built along the pre-existing Medieval walls, using the remains of Roman buildings, with the purpose of defending Porta San Giovanni (Saint John Door). It then lost its defensive purpose and became the municipal treasure safe, provisions warehouse and prison.
In 1597 Pietro Maria Bagnadore designed the fountain that was built on the Western side of the tower (the architect of Brescia was the author of the main transformation of the town in those years: the palace of the Nuovo Monte di Pietà (The New Pawnshop), the market place, etc.).
Within a parted scenery rich in symbols and mythological references, he placed a group of figures, sculpted by Antonio Carra of Lugano (also known as Tramarino) and Valentino Bolesini of Verona, who were paid 380 scudi (Italian currency of the time).
Brescia, represented as Pallas, stands above two river divinities and a triton pouring water from two buccine, two spiral shells.
The figures of the two semi-naked bearded men, holding two cornucopias symbol of abundance, are based on the classical iconography of the Hellenistic age, as the famous Nile of the Vatican Museum (I C. a.C.), and are symbols of the water richness of the area surrounding Brescia with its rivers Garza and Mella. Water abundance has been the main reason for the development of the typical century-long activities of the area, such as the iron industry (forges).
It was traditionally said that the one who drank this fountain water would have never left Brescia.
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RIVERS - STATUES OF PALLATA FOUNTAIN
Corso Garibaldi - via Pace
Author Antonio Carra
End of the XVI Century