According to the myth, Pegasus struck Mount Helicon with his hooves, causing a spring to burst forth, providing nourishment to the Muses, goddesses of literature, science, and the arts. As a result, it’s not really surprising that the Pegasus fountain or Fountain of the Muses is a common feature in gardens built in the 1500s.
[Pegasus, Sacro Bosco, Bomarzo, Italy 16th century, Source: Own Work]
*Commissioned by Cardinal Gianfrancesco Gambara, whose name means “crayfish.” The creatures are represented frigging everywhere in the garden.
**Now more commonly known as the Parco dei Mostri or Park of the Monsters.