The First Modern Outdoor Wall Fountains

Himself a highly educated man, Pope Nicholas V headed the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 till 1455 and was responsible for the translation of scores of ancient texts from their original Greek into Latin. He undertook the embellishment of Rome to make it into the model capital of the Christian world. In 1453 the Pope commissioned the reconstruction of the Aqua Vergine, an ancient Roman aqueduct which had carried fresh drinking water into the city from eight miles away. A mostra, a monumental commemorative fountain built by ancient Romans to mark the point of entry of an aqueduct, was a practice which was revived by Nicholas V. At the behest of the Pope, architect Leon Battista Alberti undertook the construction of a wall fountain in the spot where we now find the Trevi Fountain. Changes and extensions, included in the repaired aqueduct, eventually supplied the Trevi Fountain and the well-known baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona with the necessary water supply.

Garden Water Fountain Builders Through History

Garden Water Fountain Builders History 207025070414862650.jpg Frequently serving as architects, sculptors, artists, engineers and discerning scholars, all in one, fountain designers were multi-talented people from the 16th to the later part of the 18th century. Throughout the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci exemplified the artist as an inspired genius, inventor and scientific specialist. The forces of nature guided him to examine the qualities and movement of water, and due to his fascination, he carefully captured his observations in his now famed notebooks. Ingenious water displays full with symbolic meaning and all-natural charm changed private villa settings when early Italian water feature creators fused resourcefulness with hydraulic and landscaping abilities. The splendors in Tivoli were developed by the humanist Pirro Ligorio, who was celebrated for his skill in archeology, engineering and garden design. Other fountain engineers, masterminding the phenomenal water marbles, water attributes and water jokes for the many estates in the vicinity of Florence, were well-versed in humanistic themes and traditional scientific texts.