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Rome, Gian Bernini, And Garden Fountains

In Rome’s city center, there are many celebrated public fountains. One of the finest sculptors and artists of the 17th century, almost all of them were designed, conceived and constructed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.Rome, Gian Bernini, Garden Fountains 75800617194.jpg Also a city designer, he had capabilities as a fountain developer, and remnants of his life's work are apparent throughout the streets of Rome. Bernini's father, a renowned Florentine sculptor, mentored his young son, and they ultimately moved to Rome, in order to fully express their art, primarily in the form of public water fountains and water features. The young Bernini received compliments from Popes and influential artists alike, and was an exceptional worker. At the beginning he was known for his sculptural skills. An authority in classic Greek engineering, he used this knowledge as a starting point and melded it flawlessly with Roman marble, most notably in the Vatican. Although many artists had an influence on his work, Michelangelo had the most profound effect.

The Influence of the Norman Invasion on Anglo-Saxon Landscaping

The advent of the Normans in the second half of the eleventh century considerably transformed The Anglo-Saxon ways of living. The skill of the Normans exceeded the Anglo-Saxons' in design and farming at the time of the conquest. But yet there was no time for home life, domestic design, and adornment until the Normans had overcome the whole realm.Influence Norman Invasion Anglo-Saxon Landscaping 057862912369871468.jpg Because of this, castles were cruder constructions than monasteries: Monasteries were usually important stone buildings set in the biggest and most fertile valleys, while castles were built on windy crests where their residents devoted time and space to tasks for offense and defense. Peaceful pursuits such as gardening were out of place in these destitute citadels. The purest specimen of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture existent in modern times is Berkeley Castle. The keep is thought to date from the time of William the Conqueror. An enormous terrace encompasses the building, serving as an obstruction to attackers trying to dig under the castle walls. A scenic bowling green, enveloped in grass and enclosed by battlements clipped out of an ancient yew hedge, creates one of the terraces.