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Adriaen de Vries
Born in The Hague to an apothecary, it is unknown where he learned how to sculpt. However, he left home and travelled to Florence, where he worked with the master Mannerist sculptor Giambologna. He later worked as a sculptor in the court of Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy in Turin, and around 1593 he worked in Prague, making busts and reliefs for Emperor Rudolf II. These sculptures are now housed in Vienna. He remained in Prague after Rudolf's death in 1612, until his own death in 1626. During this period of time he was commissioned by several German cities, and he was also commissioned to make the Neptune fountain for the gardens of the king of Denmark's royal palace. One of the statues from this fountain is now displayed in the Rijksmuseum.
Two of his more famous sculptures are the Mercury and Hercules and the Hydra fountains, both made in Augsberg
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