Ansicht des Naiadenbrunnens auf der Piazza dell'Esedra und Blick in die Via Nazionale; Aufbewahrung/Standort:
Mario Rutelli (Palermo, 4 April 1859 - 1941) was a famous Italian sculptor. He was son of Arch. d. Giovanni Rutelli and of d. Vita Romano; Mario Rutelli's father was a known Italian architect and highly competitive building contractor - entrepreneur of the time that, among the many projects which he had officially completed, he had technically overseen the entire construction of the monumental Teatro Massimo Vittorio Emanuele of the City of Palermo, the 3rd largest lyrical theatre of all Europe, which same theatre was entirely completed by Giovanni Rutelli's building firm called -Rutelli & Machì-. Studying at the Academy of Fine Arts of Palermo and then in Rome under Giulio Monteverde, Mario Rutelli's masterwork is the "fontana delle Naiadi" in piazza dell'Esedra in Rome, which Benito Mussolini called "exaltation of eternal youth, the capital's first salute to art".Many other of his works are located in Italy and abroad, such as the monument to Anita Garibaldi on the Janiculum (a late work, but one as daring as his earlier works, such as "Gli Irosi"),one of the Victories on the Vittoriano in Romethe bronze Quadriga on the teatro Politeama at Palermo, with Apollo (the god of music) and Euterpe (the muse of lyric poetry) above it (in this work, the riders on the sides is a portrait of Rutelli's master Benedetto Civiletti)the lion at the base of the Garibaldi monument in the Garibaldi garden in Palermothe lion with a personification of lyric poetry above at the left of Palermo's Teatro Massimo (the lion at the right with Tragedy above it is by Rutelli's master Benedetto Civiletti)the "Lyric" and "Apotheosis of Vittorio Emanuele" at the Teatro Vittorio Emanuelethe equestrian monument to Umberto I in Catania,the Fountain and commemorative monument at Agrigentothe Monument to Nicola Spedalieri in piazza Sforza Cesarini (near the Chiesa Nuova) in Rome.Among his surviving works are the statue of Goethe at Munich, the colossal 22-metre high Victoria Monument in England, the war memorial in Aberystwyth (one of whose figures having what Welsh historian Gwyn Williams described as "the finest backside in Cardiganshire", in his "The Land Remembers", Futura, London 1977), busts of Domenico Morelli and Giuseppe Maielli, and a bust of Edmondo De Amicis sited in Palermo's English Garden.