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Fountain of Orion: Overall view
In September 1547 Montorsoli travelled to Messina to produce the Fountain of Orion in front of the cathedral. The elaborately carved marble basin supports four reclining river-gods, the first use of such a formula in Renaissance art and also the first example of an urban fountain with symbolism directly related to water; a statue of the city's founder, Orion, surmounts two further basins.