EN. "He parks in front of that gorgeous fountain with the bodacious naked nymphs cavorting so pornographically with their giant swans. This fountain was built fairly recently, by Roman standards. According to my guidebook, the women who modeled for the nymphs were a pair of sisters, two popular burlesque dancers of their day. They gained a fair bit of notoriety when the fountain was completed; the church tried for months to prevent the thing from being unveiled because  it was too sexy. The sisters lived well into old age, and even as late as the 1920s these two  dignified old ladies could be seen walking together every day into the piazza to have a look at “their” fountain.”    This is a quote from the novel Eat, Pray, Love. Here the writer describes the Fountain of Naiads in Piazza della Repubblica, Rome. The story of the fountain dates back to the late 19th century. Made by the sculptor Mario Rutelli, the Fountain of the Naiads shocked the people. The statues of  four naked nymphs  were considered to be scandalous, immoral and too sexy. The naiads stand for the Nymphs of the lakes, of the rivers, of the oceans, of the underground waters.  Every nymph has  an allegorical animal. …continue reading