Bernini: The Master of Italy's Most Impressive Water Fountains

Bernini: Master Italy's Impressive Water Fountains 41549190478889376281.jpg Bernini: The Master of Italy's Most Impressive Water Fountains Bernini's earliest fountain, named Barcaccia, is a breath taking work of art found at the foot of the Trinita dei Monti in Piaza di Spagna. This area continues to be filled with Roman locals and tourists who enjoy exchanging gossip or going over the day's news. Bernini would undoubtedly have been happy to know that people still flock to what has become one the city's most fashionable areas, that surrounding his amazing water fountain. In about 1630, the great artist built the first water fountain of his career at the behest of Pope Ubano VIII. People can now see the fountain as a depiction of a great ship slowly sinking into the Mediterranean. The great 16th century flooding of the Tevere, which left the entire region inundated with water, was memorialized by the fountain according to documents from the period. In what became his only extended absence from Italy, Bernini {journeyed | traveled] to France in 1665.

Back Story of Landscape Fountains

Back Story of Landscape Fountains Himself a highly educated man, Pope Nicholas V headed the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 till 1455 and was responsible for the translation of hundreds of ancient texts from their original Greek into Latin. It was imperative for him to embellish the city of Rome to make it worthy of being called the capital of the Christian world. In 1453 the Pope instigated the rebuilding of the Aqua Vergine, an historic Roman aqueduct which had carried clean drinking water into the city from eight miles away. Building a mostra, a grandiose celebratory fountain built by ancient Romans to memorialize the arrival point of an aqueduct, was a custom revived by Nicholas V. At the bidding of the Pope, architect Leon Battista Alberti undertook the construction of a wall fountain in the spot where we now find the Trevi Fountain. The aqueduct he had reconditioned 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.

Gian Bernini's Water Features

Gian Bernini's Water FeaturesGian Bernini's Water Features 10301188123531503489.jpg There are numerous famous water features in Rome’s city center. Nearly all of them were designed, architected and constructed by one of the greatest sculptors and designers of the 17th century, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Marks of his life's work are apparent all through the roads of Rome simply because, in addition to his skills as a fountain builder, he was additionally a city builder. To completely express their art, mainly in the form of public water features and water fountains, Bernini's father, a renowned Florentine sculptor, mentored his young son, and they eventually relocated in Rome. An exemplary employee, Bernin earned compliments and the patronage of popes and well known painters. His sculpture was originally his claim to fame. He made use of his ability and melded it seamlessly with Roman marble, most significantly in the Vatican. Though he was influenced by many, Michelangelo had the most serious effect on him, both personally and professionally.
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