Jérôme Duquesnoy

In 1619, the Brussels Authorities decided to remodel the Manneken-Pis fountain, replacing the column, basins and statue. They placed an order for a new bronze Manneken-Pis with a renowned sculptor of the era, Jérôme Duquesnoy (circa 1570-1650). The artist sculpted a baroque interpretation of the theme of the urinating child, which has roots in ancient Greco-Roman art, where it was common to see Cupid, the god of love personified as a naked boy (with or without wings), depicted as a urinating boy. From the 15th to the 18th century, the urinating Putto (“small boy”) came into fashion in the arts, and was commonly used as a subject for fountains in Europe.