Every time I go to Florence I like to drop in to the Palazzo Vecchio to see the little cherub in the courtyard at the entrance.
He has been under cover recently while he was cleaned. I was happy to see him sparkling clean and out on show again on my last visit.
Putto with Dolphin was created by Andrea del Verrocchio in about 1470. The water flowing from the dolphin’s mouth comes through pipes from the Boboli Gardens.
The statue was designed to look good from any angle…and it does.
He has the cutest little bottom.
This boy with a dolphin is a copy. The original is on display on the second floor.
Unfortunately it seems a bird left a message on the little cherub. No doubt someone will climb up and wipe it off soon.
It is free to go into the first courtyard of the Palazzo Vecchio and I suggest you do…it is gorgeous.