The Origins of Modern Outdoor Wall Fountains

During his reign (1397-1455) of the Roman Catholic Church, the intellectual Pope Nicholas V commissioned countless of translations of ancient Greek classics into Latin. He also initiated the embellishment of the city to turn it into the true capital of the Christian world. 93_117_5101_art_3__94615.jpg The decaying Roman aqueduct which had carried fresh drinking water in the into the capital city from countless miles away was restored beginning in 1453 at his request. The mostra, a monumental dedicatory fountain constructed by ancient Romans to mark the point of arrival of an aqueduct, was a custom also revived by Nicholas V. The Trevi Fountain now occupies the space formerly filled with a wall fountain built by Leon Battista Albert, an architect commissioned by him. The adjustments, as well as the extensions included in the restored aqueduct, eventually made it possible to provide the Trevi Fountain and the well-known baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona with the necessary water to function.

The City Of Rome, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, And Water Features

There are countless popular water fountains in the city center of Rome. Gian Lorenzo Bernini, one of the finest sculptors and artists of the 17th century designed, conceptualized and built virtually all of them. His abilities as a fountain designer and also as a city architect, are evident throughout the roads of Rome. To totally reveal their skill, primarily in the form of community water fountains and water fountains, Bernini's father, a renowned Florentine sculptor, guided his young son, and they ultimately relocated in Rome. An exemplary employee, Bernin earned praise and the patronage of popes and important painters. His sculpture was originally his claim to celebrity. An authority in ancient Greek architecture, he utilized this knowledge as a base and melded it seamlessly with Roman marble, most remarkably in the Vatican. Although many artists had an influence on his work, Michelangelo had the most profound effect.