This fountain is situated in the Luxembourg Gardens and is one of its most important decorative element. The structure and spirit of the Medici Fountain was inspired by fountains and sculptures in the Italian gardens of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In the greenery of the Luxembourg Palace , Queen Marie de Medici tried to recreate what could be the closest thing to the gardens of her childhood. Marie de Medici ordered its construction around 1630. The Luxembourg’s cave was called since then “Medici Fountain.” Over time, the cave was tranformed, and even moved to another place.
The sculptures tell the tragic story of Acis and Galatea lovers, recounted by Ovid in Metamorphoses .