A Genuine Roman Masterpiece: The Santa Maria Fountain in Cosmedin

Both Christian and pagan relics have been found in large quantities by archaeologists and restorers searching the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. Situated in the portico of the nearby basilica one can find the acclaimed 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 hard to visit. For the most part, visitors stayed away from the area because it was a drab and deserted part of the city. p-544__55960.jpg It was then that the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was mandated by Pope Clement XI to build a water fountain in the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in an effort to make the area more popular. August 11, 1717 marked the date when work on the church’s infrastructure began. The first stone to be placed in the foundation was blessed and medallions bearing the illustrations 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 Simplest Way to Design the Perfect Haven Inside or Out

The best feng shui fountain will go a long way towards helping you create a perfect tranquil haven. A garden or home waterfall is the most effective option. The best complement to your decor is this type of feature. So that you can enjoy your outdoor fountain from inside as well, select a good spot for it.

Make sure to include some beautiful flowers and plants, as they enrich any water fountain. Plants and flowers that blossom in different seasons make the perfect accompaniment. Attractive rocks, statues, or a fireplace are also nice additions.

Michelangelo’s Roman Wall Fountains

During the 16th century two famous Florentine artists by the names of Michelangelo and Ammannati designed the first wall features in Rome. The fountain in the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, which was finished in 1536 and became part of the façade of the Palazzo Senatorio, was Michelangelo’s first design. Constructed some years later, a conduit from the Aqua Felice was added which carried water into the Capitol permitting a greater water display. Michelangelo had expected this, however, and added a bigger basin styled on the art of the late Cinquecento.

Was the well-known sculptor the earliest to create wall fountains?

Italy’s fountains definitely show the influence his designs had on the styles found there. The Fountain of the River Gods at the Villa Lante, Bagnaia 1, and the Fountain of the Mugnone found between flights of stairs on the main axis of the Villa Pratolino are further examples of this type of structure.

Rather than designing fountains based on his own genius, Michelangelo was fated to integrating traditional elements into Roman-styled structures. The Florentine maestro was asked by Julius III (1550-1555) to design a distinctive fountain to be placed at the top of the passageway of the Belvedere in the Vatican. The fountain was to be adorned with a marble figure of Moses striking a stone from which water flowed. The idea of the Moses figure was rejected, however, because of the time it would take to create it and was therefore replaced by an antique image of Cleopatra. 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 choice.


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