Wild beast in the Grove
The Grove embodies the informal English garden: wild, pristine and irregular. Scattered among the shrubs there are statues of wild beasts intended to scare visitors.
The complex of the Belvedere is composed of a central stone staircase, on whose sides are two statues. On the left, an adult man with a long tunic, a book in hand and a crown of leaves on the head represents the virtue of Wisdom. On the right, a young man with a crown of twigs on his head and a cornucopia in hand probably represents Abundantia.
At the top of the stairs a niche houses a noblewoman, crowned with laurel, with a pomegranate and a bundle of arrows linked by a tape: this is Concordia.
Viale dei Carpini
At the end of Carpini boulevard is located a group of statues: Acheloo, river god, has his foot on an amphora from which water flows; followed by a man and a young man sitting with a lion skin: they could be Bacchus with his guardian Silene or the young Hercules. Finally Deianira, the young companion of Hercules in the act of suicide.
In the Nymphaeum a grotesque mask dominates the central basin of the composition and spring water gushes from its mouth.
At the centre of the Small Lake is the celebration of the element of water: the young girl at the centre is Water, surrounded by amphorae, dolphins and tritons.
Further on the parterre a cherub covers himself with a soft cloth; further on, a young boy plays the flute of Pan with a curiously feminine hat.
In the four internal niches of the Little Temple there are four classical divinities.
We find Venus, the Goddess of Love with doves, branch of myrtle and fishing net on the shoulders. Then, the brawny Hercules holding the cudgel and with a lion under his feet. Following this is Diana, virgin, Goddess of Hunting, with a moon sickle on the head. Finally, Apollo, the God of the Sun with a quiver on the shoulder and a python killed at his feet.
In the Little Temple the theme of contrast is solidified , represented here as that between the Dionysian passion and strength and the Apollonian equilibrium and chastity.
Teatro di Verzura
Two lions watching over the entrance of the Verzura theatre. The scenic space is occupied by a group of statues of Melpomene and Talia, respectively muse of tragedy and comedy. In the niches of the pruned boxwood, that frames the steps, are positioned Jupiter with a crown on his head and an eagle close by, an allegedly young Apollo half-naked with quiver, Ceres, with a crown of flowers on the head and a bunch of ears in hand, a pair of playful cherubs and, finally, Mercury with the winged headgear and the wings at his feet.