A Real Roman Masterpiece: The Santa Maria Water Fountain in Cosmedin

Both Christian and pagan artifacts have been found in large quantities by archaeologists and restorers scouring the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. Found in the portico of the nearby basilica one can find the famous marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth). Built in 1719, the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain was relatively unknown and located far from sight making it difficult to visit. p_467__95507.jpg The part of town where it was located was forlorn and uninviting which was enough to keep people away. It was a this time that Pope Clement XI mandated the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a fountain to modernize the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. August 11, 1717 marked the date when work on the church’s infrastructure started. The first stone to be placed in the foundation was consecrated and medallions bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were also tossed in.

The Father Of Roman Public Fountain Design And Style

There are numerous renowned water features in Rome’s city center. Gian Lorenzo Bernini, one of the most brilliant sculptors and artists of the 17th century designed, created and produced nearly all of them. He was also a urban architect, in addition to his expertise as a fountain developer, and remnants of his life's work are evident throughout the avenues of Rome. Ultimately travelling to Rome to fully show their art, chiefly in the shape of public water fountains, Bernini’s father, a famed Florentine sculptor, mentored his young son. An outstanding workman, Bernin earned praise and the the backing of popes and important painters.

He was initially recognized for his sculpture. An authority in classic Greek architecture, he used this knowledge as a base and melded it gracefully with Roman marble, most remarkably in the Vatican. He was influenced by many a great artists, however, Michelangelo had the biggest impact on his work.

Create a Garden Water Element as a Memorial

Garden fountains make perfect and unique memorials. A lot of traditional observances have been eliminated in today’s society. However, people still commonly have some type of memorial for loved ones who have died. Personal things from the dead person’s life often play a significant role in a commemorative piece. A lot of people view backyard garden fountains as lovely commemorative pieces to their loved ones. Adding personal items such as images or a nameplate, planting a tree, or holding yearly remembrance ceremonies at the fountain will make the garden fountain more unique to your loved one.

You can pay homage to the deceased in creative and personal ways with garden fountains. Success and a good life lived can be remembered with the flowing water, which is a figurative representation of those things. It is highly worthwhile to buy a high quality, sturdy garden fountain that is impervious to bad weather so that it will last a very long time.

You want to make sure your garden fountain is going to hold up once you get it set up.

Everything You Will Require for an Outdoor Water Element

When considering where to set up your garden fountain, do not overlook the fact that you will need somewhere to plug it in and a convenient source of water. The thrill of owning one occasionally causes people to overlook the technical details when setting it up for the first time. If you need an extension cord to reach a 120v wall socket, feel free to use one, as standard power cords are only 12 feet long. Position your fountain in a place near a water source as you will need to fill it. Water is challenging to move by yourself from place to place. A nearby hose can make filling the fountain much more convenient. A water fountain autofill will make your life easier in the long run, but this requires a professional to install since it must be connected to an external water line.

Style Options for Backyard Water Fountains

A garden can be a little sanctuary, providing you a tranquil place to stop and enjoy some outdoor time. If you are going to spend a lot of time in yours, it is worth the work it takes to do it properly. A beautiful garden will increase any property value, as “curb appeal” is vital to the market value. Experts recommend adding flowers or trees, a pavement, a charming water feature, or unique statues to enhance the overall look of your property.

The visual appeal of any garden can be really improved by just adding a water fountain. It will turn a plain area into a gorgeous place of peaceful tranquility. You are not the only one who will appreciate the serenity the sounds of the water create; you might also notice an increase in the number of birds and other friendly animals visiting. The rest of the garden will immediately become just background to the lovely new fountain.


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