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The Owl Fountain (Fontana della Civetta), Villa d'Este, Tivoli | Tivoli - Villa d'Este (IMG_3947.jpg)

The Owl Fountain (Fontana della Civetta), Villa d'Este, Tivoli

In the Owl fountain a hydraulic device uses the fall of water to move an artificial owl, making it approach the little bronze birds on a branch. The birds are thus frightened and stop twittering. The chirping is realized by outgoing air from the beak of the birds, pushed by the pressure of water in its own right. These devices were conceived to astonish the hosts of the Cardinal. The shield of Ippolito II is placed at the top. It is supported by two angels and near them there are two feminine statues. The highest part of the monument is adorned with two big lilies and an enormous eagle, the symbols of the d'Este family.
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