Rudolf Häsler’s Fountain of Neptune
From 1985 to 1990 Rudolf Häsler meticulously painted on his 150 x 265 cm sized canvas depicting the Fountain of Neptune. The spectator tries in vain to reconstruct the alignments of the painting’s vanishing point and soon notices that the artist applied a distorted perspective; framing the entire composition of the monumental fountain Häsler depicts the scenery with a sort of wide-angle perspective. The broad view integrates on the right boarder the stonework of the Palazzo Vecchio’s northwestern corner on the Piazza della Signoria in Florence and on the left the bronze sculpture of Cosimo I. de’ Medici. Florentine Renaissance architecture can be spotted behind the marmoreal fountain.