Bernini’s Early Italian Water Fountains

Bernini’s Early Italian Water Fountains The Barcaccia, a beautiful water fountain constructed at the base of the Trinita dei Monti in Piaza di Spagna, was Bernini's earliest fountain. To this day, this area is filled with Roman locals and travelers alike who enjoy debate and each other's company. Bernini would without a doubt have been happy to know that people still flock to what has become one the city's trendiest areas, that around his amazing water fountain. In about 1630, the great master designed the first fountain of his career at the behest of Pope Ubano VIII.Bernini’s Early Italian Water Fountains 3478482866339.jpg The fountain’s central motif is based on an enormous vessel slowly sinking into the Mediterranean Sea. The great flooding of the Tevere that blanketed the whole region with water in the 16th was memorialized by this momentous fountain as recorded by documents dating back to this period. In 1665 Bernini journeyed to France, in what was to be his sole prolonged absence from Italy.

The Results of the Norman Conquest on Anglo-Saxon Gardens

The Results of the Norman Conquest on Anglo-Saxon Gardens The arrival of the Normans in the second half of the eleventh century irreparably altered The Anglo-Saxon lifestyle. The skill of the Normans surpassed the Anglo-Saxons' in architecture and farming at the time of the conquest.Results Norman Conquest Anglo-Saxon Gardens 9327650055308508.jpg But the Normans had to pacify the entire territory before they could focus on home life, domestic architecture, and decoration. Monasteries and castles served different functions, so while monasteries were enormous stone structures assembled in only the most fruitful, wide dales, castles were set upon blustery knolls where the occupants focused on learning offensive and defensive techniques. The calm method of gardening was impractical in these dismal bastions. The finest example of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture existent in modern times is Berkeley Castle. It is said that the keep was introduced during William the Conqueror's time. A large terrace meant for walking and as a way to stop enemies from mining under the walls runs around the building. A picturesque bowling green, covered in grass and surrounded by battlements cut out of an ancient yew hedge, forms one of the terraces.

Rome’s Early Water Delivery Systems

Rome’s Early Water Delivery Systems 1655347026979675.jpg Rome’s Early Water Delivery Systems Prior to 273, when the first elevated aqueduct, Aqua Anio Vetus, was made in Roma, inhabitants who resided on hillsides had to travel further down to collect their water from natural sources. During this time period, there were only 2 other techniques capable of supplying water to elevated areas, subterranean wells and cisterns, which accumulated rainwater. Starting in the sixteenth century, a new approach was introduced, using Acqua Vergine’s subterranean portions to provide water to Pincian Hill. The aqueduct’s channel was made available by pozzi, or manholes, that were installed along its length when it was first built. The manholes made it less demanding to clean the channel, but it was also possible to use buckets to remove water from the aqueduct, as we saw with Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi when he owned the property from 1543 to 1552, the year he died. It appears that, the rainwater cistern on his property wasn’t good enough to satisfy his needs. Fortunately, the aqueduct sat just below his residence, and he had a shaft established to give him accessibility.

The Multiple Kinds of Wall Water Fountains

The Multiple Kinds of Wall Water Fountains A small patio or a courtyard is a great place to situate your wall fountain when you seek peace and quiet. You can have one made to fit your specifications even if you have a minimum amount of space. Both the stand alone and fitted versions must have a spout, a water basin, internal tubing, and a pump. There are many different varieties available on the market including traditional, fashionable, classical, or Asian.

Stand-alone wall fountains, otherwise known as floor fountains, are relatively big and feature a basin on the ground.

On the other hand, a fountain affixed to a wall can be added onto an existing wall or fit into a new wall. Integrating this type of water feature into your landscape adds a cohesiveness to the look you want to attain rather than making it seem as if the fountain was merely added later.

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Bernini's Earliest Showpieces Bernini's earliest water fountain, named Barcaccia, is a masterful work of art seen at the bottom of the Trinita dei Monti in Piaza di Spagna.To this day, you will see Roman locals and vacation goers filling this space to revel in chit chatter and being among other people.... read more