‘Il Porcellino’ (The Piglet) Florence
‘Il Porcellino’ (The Piglet) Florence

Oil on postcard-sized gessobord
Less of a piglet, actually a wild boar, ‘the piglet’ is the nickname the locals have given to this bronze statue.
Situated in the market near to the Duomo in Florence, the fountain was originally commissioned around 1615 so that the merchants (who were selling their fine linens and fabrics nearby) had somewhere to drink and wash their hands.
Unfortunately the snout began to wear thin through being polished by the hands of thousands of tourists who line up to put a coin in the boar's mouth in the hope to see it wash into the grate below - which is considered particularly good luck!
The original 'Il Porcellino' is now safely in a museum and the market place bronze is a modern 20th century copy.

'Sunshine on a Palette'
Dorset Artist - inspired by nature and the beautiful wildflowers & coast of my home county
Oil & acrylic original paintings
All images © Andrea Hook

Double selection for 'ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 2020', Mall Galleries
Selected for 'The Artist' category of The Artist and Leisure Painter Magazines' Open Art Competition 2020
Selected for Artists & Illustrators Magazine's Artist of the Year, Mall Galleries Exhibition 2017
Winner of the New Forest Open Art 2015
‘Il Porcellino’ (The Piglet) Florence

Oil on postcard-sized gessobord
Less of a piglet, actually a wild boar, ‘the piglet’ is the nickname the locals have given to this bronze statue.
Situated in the market near to the Duomo in Florence, the fountain was originally commissioned around 1615 so that the merchants (who were selling their fine linens and fabrics nearby) had somewhere to drink and wash their hands.
Unfortunately the snout began to wear thin through being polished by the hands of thousands of tourists who line up to put a coin in the boar's mouth in the hope to see it wash into the grate below - which is considered particularly good luck!
The original 'Il Porcellino' is now safely in a museum and the market place bronze is a modern 20th century copy.