Choosing the Ideal Windchimes for You

Pick out basic wind chimes in order to stay away from conceivable clashes in decor styles. The main goal is for them to fit in easily wherever they are placed. p-566__37077.jpg Choose wind chimes that produce a beautiful sound and do not get stuck solely on their appearance. As a matter of fact, the much ornamental varieties of wind chimes are not fabricated so as to produce the same pure audio quality as those crafted of aluminum. You can put your chimes at differing heights when creating your wind chime garden. Wind chimes, for instance, can be set up in a number of places including a sundeck, in a small line of trees, as well as amid flowers. The sounds will profoundly resonate across your garden whenever the wind blows. If you want to enjoy the aesthetic aspect of wind chimes, make sure they are in line of vision by positioning them where they will reflect the sunlight at sunrise and at sundown. Wind chime gardens made of aluminum fit well with stone decor, flowing water (including a waterfall or a birdbath) and evergreens.

The Brilliance of Michelangelo’s Roman Wall Fountains

Two Florentine artists by the names of Michelangelo and Ammannati designed 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 creation. A number of years later, a more extravagant water display was made feasible with the extension of the Aqua Felice into the Capitol. Expecting this, Michelangelo had added a more sizable basin styled on the late Cinquecento.

Was the famous artist the originator of the wall fountain? His designs undoubtedly affected the type of fountain which dominates throughout Italy.

The styles seen at the Fountain of the River Gods at the Villa Lante, Bagnaia 1, and the Fountain of the Mugnone, set between the stairway on the main axis of the Villa Pratolino, represent other examples of this style.

Regrettably, Michelangelo was destined to put his own brilliance aside and combine classical elements into fountains based on Roman styles. The Florentine maestro was instructed by Julius III (1550-1555) to design a one-of-a-kind fountain to be placed at the top of the passageway of the Belvedere in the Vatican. The fountain was to be decorated with a marble sculpture of Moses striking a stone from which water flowed. The option of the Moses figure was rejected, however, because of the time it would take to build it and was therefore replaced by an antique image of Cleopatra. An ancient figure was thought to be easier to erect over the fountain than the construction of a completely new statue by the famed artist.

The Spectacular Santa Maria in Cosmedin Water Fountain in Rome

Both Christian and pagan artifacts have been found in by the load 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 see the famous marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth). When the Santa Maria in Cosmedin water fountain was created in 1719, it was off the beaten track and mostly unknown as a result. Since the nearby area was depressing and mostly uninhabited, people were not particularly interested in visiting it. As part of a project to modernize 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 beginning of the task to put down the foundation of the church. Medals bearing the imagery of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were thrown in the foundation following the blessing of the first rock.


A Magnificent Example of Roman Artistry: The Santa Maria in Cosmedin Water Fountain
Incredible finds of both Christian and pagan roots have been made by archaeologists and restorers in the area of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth} is a renowned marble sculpture situated at... read more
A Fabulous Example of Roman Know-How: The Santa Maria in Cosmedin Water Fountain
Archaeologists and restorers on the lookout for pagan and Christian antiquities in Rome have stumbled upon a treasure trove of them in the area of the Santa... read more