La Fuente de Narciso in Aranjuez is a beautiful fountain hidden away in the Parque del Príncipe. I’ve been there many times to paint on site.
Mythology: Narciso was a very attractive young man who had all the attention of all the girls, but he ignored them all. One, The nimph Eco, came out of the forest with her open arms, he cruelly shunned her so she hid away in a cave until all that was left of her was the eco of her voice.
The goddess of vengeance, Nemesis, punished Narciso by making him fall in love with his own image reflecting in a fountain. Unable to separate from his reflection, he threw himself into the water. And from the very place he fell a beautiful flower grew to honor him.
Yes, indeed, this fountain is amazing to paint. That day the fountain was off. It’s even more amazing when it’s on.