A Genuine Roman Masterpiece: The Santa Maria Fountain in Cosmedin

Both Christian and pagan articles have been found in by the load by archaeologists and restorers searching the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. Found in the portico of the nearby basilica one can see the acclaimed marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth). Built in 1719, the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain was not well known and situated far from sight making it difficult to visit. twfs013__89973.jpg For the most part, visitors stayed away from the area because it was a drab and deserted part of the city. It was a this time that Pope Clement XI commissioned the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a water fountain to modernize the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. August 11, 1717 marked the date when work on the church’s infrastructure started. Medallions bearing the images 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 stone.

"Primitive" Greek Artwork: Large Statuary

The primitive Greeks developed the first freestanding statuary, an awesome achievement as most sculptures up until then had been reliefs cut into walls and pillars. Younger, attractive male or female (kore) Greeks were the subject matter of most of the sculptures, or kouros figures. The kouroi were seen by the Greeks to represent beauty and were sculpted with one foot leading and an uncompromising firmness to their forward-facing poses; the male statues were always strapping, sinewy, and undressing. In 650 BC, life-sized variations of the kouroi began to be observed. The Archaic period was an awesome time of change for the Greeks as they expanded into new forms of government, created unique expressions of art, and achieved knowledge of the people and cultures outside of Greece. Throughout this time and other periods of historical tumultuousness, encounters often happened, including battles fought amongst city-states such as the Arcadian wars and the Spartan invasion of Samos.

Agrippa's Amazing, but Mostly Forgotten Water-Lifting System

Although the machine designed by Agrippa for moving water earned the esteem of Andrea Bacci in 1588, it seemed to disappear not long after. It could perhaps be that in 1592 when Rome’s latest aqueduct, the Acqua Felice, began supplying the Villa Medici, there was simply no longer very much use for the unit. This becomes all the more heartbreaking bearing in mind how amazing Camillo Agrippa’s system was, totally new in Italy during the hundreds of years that passed between the downfall of ancient Rome and the modern era. There might have been some other significant water-related works in Renaissance landscapes in the later part of the sixteenth century, just like fountains that played tunes, water caprices (or giochi d’acqua) and even scenographic water displays, but nothing was powered by water which defied gravitation.

Boost Your Business with a Fountain

Most customers who visit a business love to see water fountain. If you have a business or store, having a water fountain will likely bring in more clients and differentiate you from the competition. Having a visible water feature outside stores such as yoga studios, bookstores, coffee shops, salons can a great impact on business. For businesses where people like to mingle outdoors, a water fountain can provide a soothing environment. A bar or restaurant should think about adding a water fountain to bring in couples trying to find a romantic setting.

What You Will Need to Have for an Outdoor Fountain

A water source and an electrical outlet are two crucial items that many people do not take into account when determining where they want to place their garden fountain. Sometimes new owners get so caught up in the romanticism of their new purchase that they forget critical details. The majority of power cords are 12 feet long and call for a 120v outdoor outlet, though an extension cord can always be added. A convenient place to get water is vital since you will need to fill your fountain. Water is hard to move by yourself from place to place. If you have given thought to it before installation, having a hose close by will make the task of filling the fountain much simpler. If you have an specialist on hand, you may want to consider getting a water fountain autofill with a connection to an external water line, as this would be much simpler in the long run.


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