Bernini’s Very First Italian Water Fountains

Bernini’s First Italian Water Fountains 197738397496.jpg Bernini’s Very First Italian Water Fountains One can see Bernini's earliest masterpiece, the Barcaccia water fountain, at the foot of the Trinita dei Monti in Piaza di Spagna. To this day, you will see Roman locals and vacation goers filling this area to revel in chit chatter and being among other people. 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 built the very first fountain of his career at the behest of Pope Ubano VIII. Illustrated in the fountain's design is a great ship gradually sinking into the Mediterranean Sea. Period writings dating back to the 16th century indicate that the fountain was constructed as a monument to those who lost their lives in the great flooding of the Tevere. In 1665 Bernini journeyed to France, in what was to be his only lengthy absence from Italy.

Where did Fountains Come From?

Where did Fountains Come From? The incredible architecture of a fountain allows it to provide clean water or shoot water high into air for dramatic effect and it can also serve as an excellent design feature to enhance your home.

From the onset, outdoor fountains were soley meant to serve as functional elements. Residents of urban areas, townships and small towns used them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash, which meant that fountains had to be linked to nearby aqueduct or spring. Used until the nineteenth century, in order for fountains to flow or shoot up into the air, their origin of water such as reservoirs or aqueducts, had to be higher than the water fountain in order to benefit from the power of gravity.Fountains Come From? 64221565268170505.jpg Serving as an element of decoration and celebration, fountains also generated clean, fresh drinking water. Bronze or stone masks of animals and heroes were commonly seen on Roman fountains. Muslims and Moorish garden designers of the Middle Ages included fountains to re-create smaller versions of the gardens of paradise. To show his dominance over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were extolled with baroque style fountains constructed to mark the place of entry of Roman aqueducts.

Indoor plumbing became the key source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby limiting urban fountains to mere decorative elements. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity helped fountains to provide recycled water into living spaces as well as create unique water effects.

These days, fountains decorate public spaces and are used to pay tribute to individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.

The Countless Options in Garden Wall Fountains

Countless Options Garden Wall Fountains 210266491830.jpg The Countless Options in Garden Wall Fountains Having a wall fountain in your garden or on a terrace is great when you seek to relax. Even a little space can contain a custom-built one. Both the stand alone and fitted models need to have a spout, a water basin, internal tubing, and a pump. There are any variety of models to choose from such as traditional, contemporary, classic, or Asian.

With its basin placed on the ground, freestanding wall fountains, or floor fountains, are generally quite big in size.

It is possible to incorporate a wall-mounted water feature onto an already existent wall or built into a new wall. A unified look can be realized with this type of fountain because it seems to become part of the landscape rather than an added element.

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