The Godfather Of Rome's Garden Fountains

The Godfather Of Rome's Garden Fountains In Rome’s city center, there are many famous water features.Godfather Rome's  Garden Fountains 61883025114686740720.jpg Practically all of them were designed, conceived and built by one of the finest sculptors and artists of the 17th century, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Traces of his life's efforts are apparent throughout the avenues of Rome because, in addition to his abilities as a water feature builder, he was also a city builder. Eventually transferring to Rome to fully express their art, primarily in the form of community water features, Bernini’s father, a renowned Florentine sculptor, mentored his young son. An diligent worker, the young Bernini earned praise and the backing of many popes and important designers. At first he was renowned for his sculpting skills. Working gracefully with Roman marble, he utilized a base of knowledge in the ancient Greek architecture, most famously in the Vatican. He was influenced by many a great artists, however, Michelangelo had the biggest effect on his work.

Archaic Greek Art: Large Statuary

Archaic Greek Art: Large StatuaryArchaic Greek Art: Large Statuary 55823460.jpg The initial freestanding statuary was improved by the Archaic Greeks, a notable accomplishment since until then the sole carvings in existence were reliefs cut into walls and pillars. Most of these freestanding sculptures were what is known as kouros figures, statues of young, attractive male or female (kore) Greeks. Considered by Greeks to represent skin care, the kouroi were created into stiff, forward facing positions with one foot outstretched, and the male statues were usually nude, brawny, and fit. In around 650 BC, the variations of the kouroi became life-sized. During the Archaic time, a big time of changes, the Greeks were developing new forms of government, expressions of art, and a better understanding of people and cultures outside Greece. However, these battles did little to impede the progress of the Greek civilization.

The Original Water Fountains

The Original Water Fountains As initially conceived, fountains were designed to be practical, directing water from creeks or reservoirs to the citizens of cities and settlements, where the water could be utilized for cooking, cleaning, and drinking. To produce water flow through a fountain until the later part of the 1800’s, and produce a jet of water, mandated gravity and a water source such as a creek or reservoir, positioned higher than the fountain. Fountains all through history have been designed as monuments, impressing hometown citizens and travelers alike. The contemporary fountains of modern times bear little resemblance to the first water fountains.Original Water Fountains 45772246277711.jpg The first accepted water fountain was a stone basin created that was used as a container for drinking water and ceremonial purposes. The first stone basins are believed to be from about 2000 BC. The force of gravity was the energy source that controlled the oldest water fountains. Situated near reservoirs or springs, the functional public water fountains furnished the local residents with fresh drinking water. Wildlife, Gods, and religious figures dominated the very early ornate Roman fountains, beginning to appear in about 6 B.C.. A well-engineered system of reservoirs and aqueducts kept Rome's public water fountains supplied with fresh water.
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The Magificent First Masterpieces by Bernini One can find Bernini's very first masterpiece, the Barcaccia water fountain, at the base of the Trinita dei Monti in Piaza di Spagna.Roman residents and site seers who appreciate conversation as well as being the company of others still flood this spot.... read more


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