Public Art

Fountain Angel

By Raffaello Romanelli
Category: Fountain


The statue Fountain Angel was originally part of a larger fountain, which was first displayed at the Skinker entrance to the 1904 World’s Fair. The dog heads at the angel’s feet suggest that the angel may represent Persephone, daughter of Demeter, the Greek goddess of agriculture. According to Greek myth, Persephone spent part of the year with her mother and part of the year with Hades, god of the dead. On her way to and from the underworld, Persephone had to pass through its gates, which were guarded by a monstrous three-headed dog named Cerberus. Cerberus was Persephone’s guardian and imprisoner, much like the dog heads of this fountain.

Dimensions: 81″ x 44″ x 38″
Year Completed: 1902
Material: Bronze
Owner: Missouri Botanical Garden

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