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The Original Water Feature Manufacturers

Water feature designers were multi-talented people from the 16th to the late 18th century, often serving as architects, sculptors, artists, engineers and highly educated scholars all in one person. Leonardo da Vinci, a Renaissance artist, was notable as a inventive intellect, inventor and scientific virtuoso. With his astounding curiosity about the forces of nature, he examined the attributes and mobility of water and carefully annotated his observations in his now much celebrated notebooks. Combining imaginativeness with hydraulic and horticultural abilities, early Italian water fountain designers changed private villa settings into ingenious water exhibits complete with emblematic implications and natural wonder. The magnificence in Tivoli were developed by the humanist Pirro Ligorio, who was renowned for his skill in archeology, architecture and garden design. Other fountain developers, masterminding the incredible water marbles, water functions and water jokes for the countless estates in the vicinity of Florence, were well-versed in humanistic themes and time-honored scientific readings.Origins Fountains 75800617194.jpg

The Origins Of Fountains

The amazing or decorative effect of a fountain is just one of the purposes it fulfills, in addition to delivering drinking water and adding a decorative touch to your property.

From the beginning, outdoor fountains were simply there to serve as functional elements. Residents of urban areas, townships and small towns used them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash, which meant that fountains had to be connected to nearby aqueduct or spring. Used until the 19th century, in order for fountains to flow or shoot up into the air, their origin of water such as reservoirs or aqueducts, had to be higher than the water fountain in order to benefit from gravity. Serving as an element of adornment and celebration, fountains also supplied clean, fresh drinking water. Roman fountains often depicted images of animals or heroes made of metal or stone masks. To illustrate the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages added fountains to their designs. To demonstrate his dominance over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. To mark the entrance of the restored Roman aqueducts, the Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries commissioned the construction of baroque style fountains in the spot where the aqueducts entered the city of Rome

The end of the nineteenth century saw the rise in usage of indoor plumbing to supply drinking water, so urban fountains were relegated to purely decorative elements. Gravity was replaced by mechanical pumps in order to enable fountains to bring in clean water and allow for amazing water displays.

Decorating city parks, honoring people or events and entertaining, are some of the functions of modern-day fountains.

Rome, Gian Bernini, And Water Fountains

There are countless celebrated water features in Rome’s city center. One of the best ever sculptors and artists of the 17th century, almost all of them were planned, conceptualized and constructed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.Rome, Gian Bernini, Water Fountains 076390034910305.jpg Traces of his life's work are obvious all through the avenues of Rome simply because, in addition to his skills as a water feature builder, he was also a city architect. Eventually moving to Rome to completely reveal their artwork, primarily in the shape of community water fountains, Bernini’s father, a distinguished Florentine sculptor, mentored his young son. The juvenile Bernini was an great employee and received compliments and patronage of significant artists as well as popes. At the beginning he was celebrated for his sculptural expertise. Working effortlessly with Roman marble, he made use of a base of experience in the ancient Greek architecture, most famously in the Vatican. He was affected by many great artists, however, Michelangelo had the biggest impact on his work.