The exhibits reflect the changing tastes in the courtly fashion of the late 18th century up to the 1920s. Some of the rooms have been restored to correspond to a 1911 inventory, with original furniture and wall hangings. Boboli Gardens Q The Neptune Fountain was built between 1565-8 by Stoldo Lorenzi. La Grotta Grande The casts of Michelangelo's Quattro Prigioni (see p94) are built into the walls of this Mannerist folly (1583-8), which also houses Vincenzo de ‘ Rossi's Paris-with Helen of Troy (1560) and Venus Bathing (1565) by Giambologna. Bacchus Fountain (1560) A copy of the original by Valerio Cioli, the statue shows Pietro Barbino, Cosimo I's court dwarf, as Bacchus, the Roman god ofunne.
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Astride a turtle. The boboli gardens were laid out for the Medici after they bought the Palazzo Pitti in 1549. An excellent example of stylized Renaissance gardening, they were opened to the public in 1766. The more formal parts of the garden, nearest the palazzo, consist of box hedges clipped into symmetrical geometric patterns.