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 Bernini’s Early Italian Fountains

Bernini’s Early Italian Fountains

Bernini's earliest fountain, named Barcaccia, is a breath taking work of art seen at the bottom of the Trinita dei Monti in Piaza di Spagna. Roman locals and site seers who appreciate verbal exchanges as well as being the company of others still go to this spot. The streets surrounding his water fountain have come to be one of the city’s most trendy gathering places, something which would certainly have pleased Bernini himself. The master's very first fountain of his career was built at around 1630 at the request of Pope Urbano VIII. Depicted in the fountain's design is a great ship gradually sinking into the Mediterranean Sea. aq-58015__87974.jpg The great 16th century flooding of the Tevere, which left the entire region inundated with water, was memorialized by the fountain according to writings from the time. In what became his one and only prolonged absence from Italy, Bernini {journeyed | traveled] to France in 1665.

Can Outdoor Fountains Help Detoxify The Air?

If what you are after is to breathe life into an otherwise uninspiring ambiance, an indoor wall fountain can be the solution. Your eyes, your ears and your well-being can be favorably impacted by including this type of indoor feature in your home. If you doubt the benefits of water fountains, just look at the science supporting this idea. The negative ions produced by water features are countered by the positive ions emitted by present-day conveniences. Beneficial changes to both your mental and physical well-being take place when the negative ions are overpowered by the positive ions. They also raise serotonin levels, so you start to feel more alert, relaxed and invigorated. The negative ions emitted by indoor wall fountains promote a better mood as well as remove air impurities from your home. Allergies, pollutants among other annoyances can be done away with by these water features. And finally, water fountains are excellent at absorbing dust and microbes floating in the air and as a result in bettering your overall health.

Hydro-Statics & Public Fountains: An Overview

When in equilibrium, liquid delivers force to its container or any other material it comes in contact with. There exist two types of force, hydrostatic energies and external forces. When pressing against a level wall, the fluid applies equal force at different points on the wall. All points on an object’s exterior are affected by vertical pressure when the object is thoroughly submerged in a liquid that’s in a state of equilibrium. This is also recognized as buoyancy or the Archimedes’ principle. Generally speaking, hydrostatic pressure on a point of liquid is a product of the hydrostatic force applied on it. These ideas are applied to the containers used by plumbing, wells, and fountains.

The Origins of Modern Wall Fountains

Pope Nicholas V, himself a well educated man, governed the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455 during which time he commissioned many translations of ancient classic Greek texts into Latin.

He undertook the beautification of Rome to turn it into the model seat of the Christian world. 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 bidding of the Pope. 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. The present-day location of the Trevi Fountain was formerly occupied by a wall fountain commissioned by the Pope and built by the architect Leon Battista Alberti. The aqueduct he had reconditioned 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.

Creators of the First Water Fountains

Often serving as architects, sculptors, artists, engineers and cultivated scholars, all in one, fountain designers were multi-faceted people from the 16th to the late 18th century. During the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci exemplified the artist as a imaginative wizard, inventor and scientific specialist. The forces of nature led him to explore the properties and movement of water, and due to his fascination, he methodically recorded his experiences in his now famed notebooks. Early Italian fountain builders changed private villa configurations into innovative water showcases complete of emblematic meaning and natural elegance by coupling imagination with hydraulic and gardening talent. The humanist Pirro Ligorio brought the vision behind the splendors in Tivoli and was celebrated for his virtuosity in archeology, architecture and garden concepts.

Masterminding the phenomenal water marbles, water features and water pranks for the various properties near Florence, other water feature designers were well versed in humanist subjects as well as classical technical texts.