An Absolute Roman Marvel: The Santa Maria Fountain in Cosmedin

p-656__69068.jpg Amazing discoveries of both Christian and pagan roots have been made by archaeologists and restorers in the area around Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The nearby basilica is mainly for the marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità, (Mouth of Truth) located in its portico. When the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain was constructed in 1719, it was off the beaten track and mostly unknown as a result. For the most part, visitors stayed away from the area because it was a drab and deserted part of the city. As part of an effort to refurbish the piazza outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was instructed by Pope Clement XI to design a fountain. August 11, 1717 saw the start of the work to lay down the foundation of the church. 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 thrown in.

Creating the Ideal Haven Inside or Outdoors

The ideal feng shui fountain will go a long way towards helping you build a perfect peaceful spot. Installing a garden or home waterfall is a simple means to make this happen. It will certainly contribute a lot to the interior and exterior of your residence. The best location for your outdoor fountain is a spot where you can see it from indoors too.

Plants and flowers are also important for the most striking water fountains. The best idea is to add some plants which stay pretty no matter what the season. The area will be further enhanced with small touches like art, a fire pit, or interesting stones.

The Roman Wall Fountains of Michelangelo

The 16th century saw the creation of the most ancient Roman wall fountains, the products of two famed Florentine sculptures, Michelangelo and Ammannati. The earliest fountain Michelangelo created came in 1536 with the building of the Campidoglio in Rome which was to make part of the Palazzo Senatorio's façade. Constructed some years later, a conduit from the Aqua Felice was added which carried water into the Capitol permitting a greater water display. Michelangelo, however, had expected this which led to choice of a larger basin styled on the forms of the late Cinquecento.

The question remains as to whether the celebrated sculptor was the earliest to build wall fountains. The sculptor’s designs truly impacted the future style of fountains in Italy. Further examples of this sort of structure can be seen in the Fountain of the River Gods at the Villa Lante, Bagnaia 1, and the Fountain of the Mugnone which is located between flights of stairs on the central axis of the Villa Pratolino.

Michelangelo’s great talent was put aside because he was compelled to design fountains uniting classical elements and a Roman style. The Florentine master was instructed by Julius III (1550-1555) to design a distinctive fountain to be placed at the top of the passage of the Belvedere in the Vatican. The fountain was to be adorned with a marble sculpture of Moses hitting a stone from which water flowed. However, an ancient sculpture of Cleopatra replaced the statue of Moses because the latter would take too much time create. A design by the well-known artist was thought to be too time-consuming, therefore, an ancient depiction placed above the fountain seemed to be a better option.


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