Gian Lorenzo Bernini's Public Fountains

Gian Lorenzo Bernini's Public FountainsGian Lorenzo Bernini's  Public Fountains 328403477.jpg There are countless popular water features in the city center of Rome. Gian Lorenzo Bernini, one of the greatest sculptors and artists of the 17th century developed, created and constructed virtually all of them. Marks of his life's efforts are apparent all through the roads of Rome because, in addition to his capabilities as a water fountain builder, he was also a city builder. A famous Florentine sculptor, Bernini's father guided his young son, and they eventually transferred to Rome to totally exhibit their artwork, chiefly in the form of community water features and water features. The young Bernini earned compliments from Popes and relevant artists alike, and was an diligent worker. At the start he was celebrated for his sculptural expertise. He made use of his expertise and melded it seamlessly with Roman marble, most significantly in the Vatican. Though he was influenced by many, Michelangelo had the most profound effect on him, both personally and professionally.

The Root of Modern Outdoor Wall Fountains

The Root of Modern Outdoor Wall Fountains Hundreds of ancient Greek texts were translated into Latin under the authority of the scholarly Pope Nicholas V, who led the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455. In order to make Rome worthy of being the capital of the Christian world, the Pope decided to embellish the beauty of the city. Beginning in 1453, the ruined ancient Roman aqueduct known as the Aqua Vergine which had brought fresh drinking water into the city from eight miles away, underwent restoration at the behest of the Pope. The historical Roman custom of marking the arrival point of an aqueduct with an magnificent celebratory fountain, also known as a mostra, was restored by Nicholas V. The architect Leon Battista Alberti was commissioned by the Pope to construct a wall fountain where we now find the Trevi Fountain. The aqueduct he had refurbished included modifications and extensions which eventually enabled it to supply water to the Trevi Fountain as well as the renowned baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona.
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