Santa Maria in Cosmedin: A Roman Water Fountain Worthy of Experiencing

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. The Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth} is a renowned marble sculpture found in the portico of the nearby basilica. When the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain was built in 1719, it was off the beaten track and generally unknown as a result. b-026__96292.jpg Due to the fact that the nearby area was gloomy and mostly abandoned, visitors were not particularly interested in visiting it. It was a this time that Pope Clement XI mandated the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a fountain to renovate the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The work of laying down the church’s first stones began on August 17, 1717. After blessing of the first stone, medallions bearing the illustration of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were thrown into the foundation.

The Roman Wall Fountains of Michelangelo

Two Florentine masters by the names of Michelangelo and Ammannati created the earliest Roman wall fountains during the 16th century. The fountain in the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, which was finalized in 1536 and became part of the façade of the Palazzo Senatorio, was Michelangelo’s first creation. The development of a conduit from the Aqua Felice to the Capitol, which allowed for a more spectacular water display, was included years later. Expecting this, Michelangelo had added a more sizable basin styled on the late Cinquecento.

The question remains as to whether the famous sculptor was the first to create wall fountains.

Italy’s fountains definitely show the impact his designs had on the styles found there. Today, this structural look is found at the Fountain of the River Gods at the Villa Lante, Bagnaia 1, and the Fountain of the Mugnone arranged among the stairs on the primary axis of the Villa Pratolino.

Regrettably, Michelangelo was destined to put his own brilliance aside and combine conventional elements into fountains based on Roman styles. A new fountain at the top of the Belvedere in the Vatican was authorized by Julius III (1550-1555) and it fell to the great artist to create an archetypal structure. A marble Moses hitting the rock from which water flowed was to decorate the fountain. Unfortunately for the sculptor, this plan was denied because it would take a lot of time to build and a traditional statue of Cleopatra was used instead. A design by the well-known artist was thought to be too time-consuming, therefore, an ancient figure placed above the fountain seemed to be a better choice.

The Simplest Way to Create the Optimal Haven Inside or Out

The best feng shui fountain will go a long way towards helping you build a perfect tranquil haven. A garden or home waterfall is the most effective option. They are the best addition to your household. Be sure to position your outdoor fountain so that it is noticeable from inside in order to get the most out of it.

The most gorgeous water fountains include flowers and plants. Plants and flowers that blossom in various seasons make the ideal accompaniment. In addition, think about including other elements such as an outdoor fireplace, art, or interesting stones.


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