When and Where Did Water Features Originate?

Water Features Originate? 6986192686.jpg When and Where Did Water Features Originate? Himself a highly educated man, Pope Nicholas V led the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 till 1455 and was responsible for the translation of scores of age-old documents from their original Greek into Latin. In order to make Rome deserving of being the capital of the Christian world, the Pope resolved to enhance the beauty of the city. Beginning in 1453, the ruined ancient Roman aqueduct known as the Aqua Vergine which had brought clean drinking water into the city from eight miles away, underwent reconstruction at the behest of the Pope. A mostra, a monumental celebratory fountain constructed by ancient Romans to mark the point of arrival of an aqueduct, was a practice which was revived by Nicholas V. The Trevi Fountain now occupies the space previously filled with a wall fountain built by Leon Battista Albert, an architect employed by the Pope. The aqueduct he had refurbished included modifications and extensions which eventually enabled it to supply water to the Trevi Fountain as well as the famed baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona.

Bernini's Outdoor Fountains

Bernini's Outdoor Fountains In Rome’s city center, there are countless celebrated fountains. Gian Lorenzo Bernini, one of the best sculptors and artists of the 17th century designed, created and built virtually all of them. His abilities as a fountain designer and also as a city designer, are visible throughout the avenues 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. An diligent employee, the young Bernini acquired praise and patronage of various popes and influential designers. Initially he was renowned for his sculpting skills. He used his ability and melded it seamlessly with Roman marble, most significantly in the Vatican. Though a variety of artists impacted his artistic endeavors, Michelangelo inspired him the most.
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