Art & Culture

Everything you need to know about the Fountain of St. Andrew the Apostle

A landmark of the people of Amalfi, the work has become, over time, one of the most representative icons of the city of Amalfi.

By Editors, cover photo by Salvatore Guadagno

It dominates the Piazza Duomo, the fountain of St. Andrew the Apostle, the patron saint of Amalfi, and the pride and landmark of all Amalfi residents. 

Pagano’s work

Restored in 2018, the work dates back to the mid-18th century. In 1757, the government that administered the town decided to enrich its square with the fountain’s construction. Gennaro Pagano, a Neapolitan artist, carried out the work following the decision of Don Francesco Pisani. Some scholars found many similarities with Neapolitan iconography. The fountain of Sant’Andrea re-proposes in a simplified form of the Baroque canons expressed in more complex examples by the coeval fountains in Capodimonte Park. 

Symbols

Initially placed at the foot of the cathedral steps, it was moved to its present location in 1800. In the center of the work is a marble statue of St. Andrew holding the cross of martyrdom. At his feet, four angels, corresponding to the cardinal points, are flanked by large fish that spout jets of water from their mouths. On the left is a dove, while on the right is the pulicano, a marine proteus, so called because it can be traced to the features of an Amalfi fisherman’s face. In the center of the structure is a mermaid, which, according to experts, would refer to the siren Partenope, the founder, and symbol of the city of Naples. In its splendor, the fountain of Sant’Andrea has become one of Amalfi’s most representative icons over the centuries. 

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