The Virtuosity of Michelangelo’s Roman Water Fountains

Two Florentine masters by the names of Michelangelo and Ammannati created the oldest Roman wall fountains during the 16th century. 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. A conduit from the Aqua Felice was built later and it carried water to the Capitol making a more impressive water effect possible. 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 maestro was the earliest to build wall fountains. 94-920-1801__71001.jpg His designs undoubtedly influenced the type of fountain which predominates throughout Italy. More examples of this type 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 set between flights of stairs on the central axis of the Villa Pratolino.

Rather than designing fountains based on his own brilliance, Michelangelo was doomed to integrating conventional elements into Roman-styled structures. An original wall fountain for the top of the passageway of the Belvedere in the Vatican was commissioned to the reknowned sculptor by Julius III (1550-1555). A marble Moses striking the rock from which water flowed was to adorn the fountain. However, an ancient figure of Cleopatra replaced the statue of Moses because the latter would take too much time make. Creating a new design by the celebrated sculptor was considered more complicated than placing an ancient figure above the fountain.

Improve Your Garden with the Help of Feng Shui

When applied to your yard, feng shui design will introduce its healthful energy into your home as well.

Size is not the main factor when incorporating feng shui design to your garden. A huge area is great for those fortunate enough to have it, but a more compact area can still be useful in feng shui design.

The principal feng shui tools can be utilized for your interior decor as well as your garden design. In order to know the energy map, or bagua, of your garden, you will first want to know your home’s bagua.

Before getting going, make sure you grasp the five elements of feng shui so that you can optimize their energy.

The northeast corner of your garden, for instance, connects to personal growth and self-cultivation energy, and Earth is the feng shui element that is important to use it.

Since rocks epitomize the Earth element in feng shui, you might give some thought to putting some into a peaceful Zen garden in the northeast corner of your yard.

Give some thought to introducing a water feature into these feng shui areas: East (health & family), North (career & path in life), or Southeast (money and abundance).

Outdoor Water Features Come in Lots of Shapes and Sizes

Make your dream a reality by creating an oasis of tranquility in your yard. The comforting feeling provided by outdoor fountains is just one of the benefits of including a water feature in your garden.

Sending a stream of water shooting into the air, spouting fountains leave a striking impression. Large, preexisting ponds can easily be fitted with one of these. These sorts of fountains are often found in parks or historical stately homes.

Outdoor water features are available in different forms, one of which is a fancy wall fountain. These types of fountains make for a fantastic addition to your yard even if it is small. Wall fountains are not flashy water features when compared with a spouting fountain. In this simple process. the water which is forced out of a small opening, moves down a beautifully textured wall and is then collected at the base before being pumped back to the top.

Installing a fountain with a theme depends completely on the layout of your garden. If your bungalow or garden is styled in a rustic manner, you should think about including a classic type of statue, such as a seraph holding the spout, to your fountain. Contemporary gardens, on the other hand, benefit from something more audacious. Choosing what to do is completely in your hands.

Tiered fountains are charming because the water moves down multiple levels. Cascading fountains is another expression used to identify this type of fountain because water streams down multiple levels.

The space required for an outdoor fountain can be extensive, therefore, a better solution is to install a wall fountain or a pondless fountain. Due to the fact that the reservoirs necessary for these kinds of fountains are hidden underground, you can make the most of the room at your disposal.

Japanese fountains are thought to impart a sense of tranquility and wellness. In this type of water feature the water passes through bamboo sticks. Water then streams into a bucket or a shaped stone, only to repeat the pattern over and over again.

Fountains made of glass are another type on the market. A more conventional look is provided by trellis-style fountains which showcase shaped metalwork. However, this style of water feature is better suited to gardens with many sharp corners as well as modern-day forms and design. The water produces a dazzling effect when it streams down the surface of the glass. LED lighting fixtures are also used in some fountains to flash color across the water as it flows downward on the glass sheet. Often made of imitation rock, rock waterfall fountains have water slowly trickling down its surface.

In a bubbling rock fountain, a big rock is drilled with openings and then filled in the center with pipes. Low pressure is used to spout out the water which then bubbles and gurgles at the top. Water then streams as a delicate trickle down the sides of the rock to its base. This sort of fountain is perfectly suited for little gardens. The low pressure used in this sort of fountain prevents water from being splashed about in case of a windy day.

Solar fountains have recently gained in popularity because they are powered by sunlight. The reasons for this are varied, from the absence of wires and the reduced complexities to the decreased power bills and the beneficial impact on our environment. The wide-ranging designs in outdoor solar-powered fountains signifies you will not have to compromise on style.


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