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Fountains, Fribourg, Switzerland

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Excerpt from Left to Right: The Bravery Fountain (Fontaine de la Vaillance) of is located beside the Cathedral choir. It is first mentioned in records dating from 1394 as the fountain of the cattle market located in front of the former town hall, where it remained until 1840. The twelve-sided limestone basin dates from 1840; the date of the original basin (1548) is found on one of the basin's rectangular panels. The spouts are probably from 1758. The shaft is decorated with garlands from which hang skulls and hourglasses; the composite capital is decorated with music-making cherubs and grotesque masks. The bearded man in armour symbolizes bravery; with a lion-muzzle helmet on his head and a sword in one hand, he is ready for action. At his feet is an angry lion. The Fountain of the Samaritan Woman (Fontaine de la Samaritaine) is located on the street with the same name. Originally made of wood, it was restored between 1402 and 1404. In its present style, it is a typical Renaissance work (1550-1551). Its rectangular limestone basin is the work of the sixteenth century. The base of the column made of Jura limestone is deeply fluted and twisted and the fountain's spouts are from the eighteenth century. The upper half of the column made of stone from Neuchâtel and also fluted is a frieze on which there is St. Nicholas of Flue's bust and a gnome with tanners' tools-the guild's headquarters was located in the neighbourhood. The Corinthian capital is decorated with beautiful acanthi and scrolls. The sculpture represents Christ and the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well, a circular well above which there is a semicircular arch richly decorated with representations of the original sin and the lamb of God. St. John's sermon is sculpted brilliantly. The St. Anne Fountain (Fontaine St-Anne) is located at Place du Petit-St-Jean. Anne is the patron saint of the Fribourg guild of tanners, who lived in the abbey nearby. A fountain in the neighborhood of l'Auge was first mentioned in records in 1349; today's fountain was made between 1557 and 1559. The fountain's rectangular stone basin and its bronze spouts date from about 1760. The column is decorated with raised sea creatures holding tanners' tools and, above that, a pageant of music-making cherubs and pilgrims - an allusion to the former St. James Hospice located on Rue de la Samaritaine. The Corinthian capital (ca. 1760) is the work of Josef Tschupphauer. The sculpture, representing St. Anne, the Virgin, and the Christ Child, is typically Gothic in style. The Fountain of Strength (Fontaine de la Force) has never been removed from the charming triangular square at one end of the street called Court-Chemin, where it was originally placed. The statue is an allegory of the cardinal virtue of strength ("Fortitudo"). The nearby low, curvilinear, tufa wall probably dates from the sixteenth century and the fountain's bronze spouts the eighteenth century. The column's shaft is decorated with arabesques on its lower half and fluted on its upper half; the Corinthian capital with flowers and cherub heads. The right arm of Strength, armoured and helmeted, is wrapped around a broken column and her left foot placed on the fallen capital. The charm of this statue (1549-1550) is found in its plastic qualities and expression. The Fountain of the Wild Man (Fontaine du Sauvage), located near the lower cable-car station, was the last fountain of the Renaissance period (1626-1627). The subject is taken from the former neighbourhood abbey of tawers, whose insignia had the savage on it. Up to 1893, the fountain was found in the middle of the crossroads. The octagonal basin is decorated with raised foliated scrolls, the Tuscan column is made of granite from the Ticino, and the fountain's spouts are held up with lions' muzzles dating from the eighteenth century. The Savage wears ivy around his waist and holds a shield in his left hand and a club in the other. This impressive creation was inspired by the work of Hans Gieng but does not possess its rigour and mastery.

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