The History of Fountains

The History of Fountains Pope Nicholas V, himself a well educated man, reigned the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455 during which time he commissioned many translations of old classic Greek texts into Latin.History Fountains 4521261621860639.jpg It was imperative for him to embellish the city of Rome to make it worthy of being known as the capital of the Christian world. Reconstruction of the Acqua Vergine, a desolate Roman aqueduct which had transported clean drinking water into the city from eight miles away, began in 1453 at the behest of the Pope. The ancient Roman custom of building an imposing commemorative fountain at the location where an aqueduct arrived, also known as a mostra, was resurrected by Nicholas V. The architect Leon Battista Alberti was directed by the Pope to put up a wall fountain where we now see the Trevi Fountain. The water which eventually provided the Trevi Fountain as well as the famed baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona flowed from the modified aqueduct which he had renovated.

Choose from Countless Exterior Wall Fountain Styles

Choose Countless Exterior Wall Fountain Styles 8582842170788165281.jpg Choose from Countless Exterior Wall Fountain Styles Wall fountains are well suited to small verandas or gardens because they do not take up too much space while also adding a touch of style and providing a great place to find peace and quiet. The multitude of styles in outdoor wall fountains, including traditional, classic, contemporary, or Asian, means that you can find the one suitable to your wishes. If you are looking for a unique design, a customized one can be specially made to fit your specifications.

Depending on your needs, you can pick from mounted or freestanding types. Small, self-contained models can be placed on a wall are called mounted wall fountains. Fountains of this type need to be light, therefore, they are usually fabricated from resin (resembling stone) or fiberglass. Floor fountains are freestanding, large, and also have a basin on the floor as well as a flat side against the wall. Typically made of cast stone, this kind of water feature is not limited in weight.

Many skilled landscapers prefer custom-built fountains which can be incorporated into a brand-new wall or an existing one. Installing the basin against the wall and installing all the plumbing work requires a professional mason to do it properly. You will need to integrate a spout or fountain mask into the wall. The unified look produced by custom-made wall fountains make them appear to be part of the scenery instead of an afterthought.

Outdoor Garden Fountain Designers Through History

Outdoor Garden Fountain Designers Through History Often working as architects, sculptors, artists, engineers and highly educated scholars all in one, from the 16th to the later part of the 18th century, fountain designers were multi-faceted individuals, Exemplifying the Renaissance skilled artist as a inspiring master, Leonardo da Vinci worked as an inventor and scientific guru. With his astounding curiosity concerning the forces of nature, he explored the attributes and mobility of water and also carefully annotated his observations in his now much celebrated notebooks.Outdoor Garden Fountain Designers History 1857837834.jpg Early Italian water feature engineers changed private villa settings into inventive water displays complete of symbolic meaning and natural charm by combining creativity with hydraulic and horticultural expertise. The humanist Pirro Ligorio, celebrated for his virtuosity in archeology, architecture and garden design, provided the vision behind the splendors in Tivoli. Other water fountain designers, masterminding the phenomenal water marbles, water attributes and water antics for the many mansions near Florence, were tried and tested in humanist subject areas and time-honored scientific texts.

Characteristics of Garden Statuary in Archaic Greece

Characteristics Garden Statuary Archaic Greece 51518743203009.jpg Characteristics of Garden Statuary in Archaic Greece The primitive Greeks manufactured the very first freestanding statuary, an impressive achievement as most sculptures up until then had been reliefs cut into walls and pillars. For the most part the statues, or kouros figures, were of adolescent and nice-looking male or female (kore) Greeks. Considered by Greeks to characterize beauty, the kouroi were shaped into stiff, forward facing positions with one foot outstretched, and the male statues were usually nude, brawny, and athletic. In 650 BC, life-size versions of the kouroi began to be observed. The Archaic period was an incredible time of change for the Greeks as they expanded into new forms of government, produced unique expressions of art, and attained insights of the people and cultures outside of Greece. Similar to other periods of historical conflict, disagreements were commonplace, and there were battles between city-states like The Arcadian wars, the Spartan invasion of Samos.
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