Some observations upon 'The French Parnassus' - I
Du Tillet's Parnassus combined elements from two traditions. While the title refers to mount Parnassus, the monument shows Pegasus strinking the earth with his hoof and causing the Hippocrene to well forth. The myth of Pegasus and the Hippocrene are related to mount Helicon, not to mount Parnassus.
Mingling details or symbols from various proveniences was common at that time. The symbols were the words of an allegorical language. They were used to deliver a powerful contemporary message, they were not meant to be a faithfull illustration of the myths of Ancient Greece.