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Ancient Outside Water Fountain Artists

Often working as architects, sculptors, artists, engineers and highly educated scholars all in one, from the 16th to the late 18th century, fountain designers were multi-faceted people, Leonardo da Vinci as a imaginative intellect, inventor and scientific expert exemplified this Renaissance artist. With his tremendous curiosity regarding the forces of nature, he investigated the properties and movement of water and also systematically documented his findings in his now famed notebooks. Early Italian water fountain designers changed private villa settings into innovative water exhibits full of emblematic meaning and natural elegance by combining creativity with hydraulic and horticultural expertise. The humanist Pirro Ligorio, distinguished for his virtuosity in archeology, architecture and garden design, provided the vision behind the wonders in Tivoli. Masterminding the excellent water marbles, water attributes and water antics for the various estates near Florence, other water feature creators were well versed in humanistic topics and time-honored scientific texts.Chronicle Landscape Fountains 23322836904.jpg

A Chronicle of Landscape Fountains

The translation of hundreds of ancient Greek documents into Latin was commissioned by the scholarly Pope Nicholas V who ruled the Church in Rome from 1397 until 1455. He undertook the beautification of Rome to make it into the model capital of the Christian world. At the behest of the Pope, the Aqua Vergine, a ruined aqueduct which had transported clean drinking water into Rome from eight miles away, was restored starting in 1453. The historical Roman tradition of marking the entry point of an aqueduct with an imposing celebratory fountain, also known as a mostra, was restored by Nicholas V. The Trevi Fountain now occupies the area formerly filled with a wall fountain built by Leon Battista Albert, an architect commissioned by the Pope. The Trevi Fountain as well as the renowned baroque fountains found in the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona were eventually supplied with water from the altered aqueduct he had rebuilt.

The First Outdoor Fountains

Towns and communities depended on practical water fountains to funnel water for cooking, washing, and cleaning up from local sources like ponds, streams, or creeks.First Outdoor Fountains 3553475651563390.jpg To make water flow through a fountain until the later part of the 1800’s, and generate a jet of water, required gravity and a water source such as a creek or reservoir, positioned higher than the fountain. The appeal and wonder of fountains make them appropriate for historic monuments. The common fountains of today bear little resemblance to the first water fountains. A natural stone basin, crafted from rock, was the first fountain, used for containing water for drinking and spiritual purposes. Natural stone basins as fountains have been discovered from 2,000 B.C.. The jet of water emerging from small jets was forced by gravity, the sole power source designers had in those days. These historic water fountains were built to be functional, often situated along aqueducts, creeks and rivers to furnish drinking water. Beasts, Gods, and Spiritual figures dominated the initial ornate Roman fountains, starting to appear in about 6 BC. Water for the public fountains of Rome was brought to the city via a intricate system of water aqueducts.