The Interesting Roots of the Wall Water Fountain

ft-30__18828.jpg Hundreds of ancient Greek writings were translated into Latin under the authority of the scholarly Pope Nicholas V who led the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455. He also initiated the embellishment of the city to turn it into the worthy capital of the Christian world. The damaged Roman aqueduct which had carried potable drinking water in the into the capital city from countless miles away was restored beginning in 1453 at his behest. Nicholas V also resurrected the Roman convention of installing grand fountains, known as mostras, to mark the end point of the aqueduct. The interesting roots of the Trevi Fountain date back to an older water fountain he had commissioned to the architect Leon Battista Alberti. The Trevi Fountain as well as the well-known baroque fountains situtated in the Piazza Navona and the Piazza del Popolo were eventually supplied with water from the modified, rebuilt aqueduct.

Agrippa’s Magnificent Water-lifting Machine

Unfortuitously, Agrippa’s amazing design for lifting water wasn’t discussed a lot after 1588, when Andrea Bacci applauded it openly. Merely years later, in 1592, the early contemporary Roman aqueduct, the Acqua Felice, was connected to the Medici’s villa, possibly making the product outdated. Its application might have been short but Camillo Agrippa’s innovation occupied a prominent place in history as the most spectacular water-lifting hardware of its kind in Italy prior to the modern era. It could violate the law of gravity to raise water to Renaissance gardens, nourishing them in a way other late 16th century designs such as scenographic water displays, musical water fountains and giochi d’acqua or water caprices, were not.