The fountain, which dates back to the early eighteenth century and is supplied by a branch of the Acqua Felice, stands near the temple of Ercole Vincitore, on the square in front of the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, which houses the Bocca della Verità.
Sculpted by Francesco Moratti and designed by the architect Carlo Francesco Bizzaccheri at the behest of Pope Clement XI Albani, both in the subject represented and in the style it was inspired by the Triton fountain by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in Piazza Barberini.
The large octagonal basin with concave sides, reminding the eight-pointed star, the coat of arms of Clement XI, had four masks on its sides which were removed in the last century. On a large central rock, two kneeling tritons support a large oyster-shaped shell with the function of a basin, on the outer edge of which there are two other heraldic coats of arms of the Albani family in the center of which water gushes.
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