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Ancient Garden Fountain Artists

Ancient Garden Fountain Artists 2479072229404673.jpg Often working as architects, sculptors, artists, engineers and cultivated scholars all in one, from the 16th to the later part of the 18th century, fountain designers were multi-faceted individuals, Leonardo da Vinci as a imaginative genius, inventor and scientific virtuoso exemplified this Renaissance artist. With his astounding curiosity concerning the forces of nature, he researched the qualities and movement of water and also carefully recorded his observations in his now celebrated notebooks. Brilliant water displays full with symbolic significance and all-natural grace changed private villa settings when early Italian water fountain designers coupled imagination with hydraulic and gardening abilities. Known for his virtuosity in archeology, architecture and garden design, Pirro Ligorio, the humanist, delivered the vision behind the splendors in Tivoli. Masterminding the fascinating water marbles, water attributes and water pranks for the assorted properties near Florence, other fountain designers were well versed in humanist themes and time-honored technical texts.

The Source of Today's Outdoor Garden Fountains

Source Today's Outdoor Garden Fountains 057862912369871468.jpg The translation of hundreds of classic Greek documents into Latin was commissioned by the learned Pope Nicholas V who led the Church in Rome from 1397 till 1455. He undertook the beautification of Rome to make it into the worthy capital of the Christian world. At the behest of the Pope, the Aqua Vergine, a ruined aqueduct which had carried clean drinking water into Rome from eight miles away, was renovated starting in 1453. Building a mostra, an imposing celebratory fountain built by ancient Romans to memorialize the arrival point of an aqueduct, was a tradition revived by Nicholas V. At the behest of the Pope, architect Leon Battista Alberti undertook the construction of a wall fountain in the place 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.