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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    The Fontana del Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune) is a monumental fountain located in the Piazza del Popolo in Rome. It was constructed in 1822-1823 at the terminus of a newly-built aqueduct, the Acqua Vergine Nuovo. The fountain sculptures in the Piazza del Popolo were the work of Giovanni Ceccarini, with matching compositions of a central figure flanked by two attendant figures. These stand on each side of the Piazza to the east and west, flanked by neoclassical statues of The Seasons (1828). T…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    Giovanni Fontana was primarily a hydraulic engineer and was a prominent member of the family workshop, directing its engineering works. One of his principal projects under Pope Sixtus V was the management of the Acqua Felice scheme (1587-1590) in Rome, involving the improvement of the aqueduct, which was still under construction, and the erection at the north-east corner of Piazza S Bernardo of a monumental fountain known as Mostra dell'Acqua Felice or Fontana del Mosè (in situ) that was …

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    The Fontana della Dea Roma is a monumental fountain located in the Piazza del Popolo in Rome. It was constructed in 1822-1823 at the terminus of a newly-built aqueduct, the Acqua Vergine Nuovo. The fountain sculptures in the Piazza del Popolo were the work of Giovanni Ceccarini, with matching compositions of a central figure flanked by two attendant figures. These stand on each side of the Piazza to the east and west, flanked by neoclassical statues of The Seasons (1828). The Fontana di Nettu…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    This view dates after 1901 and before 1911 when a central group of figures was added to the fountain.

    The fountain in this square was originally the fountain of the Acqua Pia (connected to the Aqua Marcia aqueduct), commissioned on this site by Pope Pius IX in 1870. Completed in 1888, it originally showed four chalk lions designed by Alessandro Guerrieri. These were replaced in 1901 with sculptures of Naiads by Mario Rutelli from Palermo. The naiads represented are the Nymph of the Lakes (re…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    In September 1547 Montorsoli travelled to Messina to produce the Fountain of Orion in front of the cathedral. The elaborately carved marble basin supports four reclining river-gods, the first use of such a formula in Renaissance art and also the first example of an urban fountain with symbolism directly related to water; a statue of the city’s founder, Orion, surmounts two further basins.

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    Montorsoli’s second outstanding work in Messina is the marble Fountain of Neptune at the harbour. This consists of a colossal statue of Neptune on a high socle above a basin from which rise the fettered Scylla and Charybdis, the sea monsters of the Straits of Messina. Once again his work introduced a new fountain type, that with a single central figure.

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    Montorsoli’s second outstanding work in Messina is the marble Fountain of Neptune at the harbour. This consists of a colossal statue of Neptune on a high socle above a basin from which rise the fettered Scylla and Charybdis, the sea monsters of the Straits of Messina. Once again his work introduced a new fountain type, that with a single central figure.

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    A villa on Lake Como. It was built for the Milanese marquis Giorgio Clerici in 1690. An Italian garden, with steps, fountains and sculptures was laid out at the same time. The architect who designed the villa is unknown. It was completed in 1745, and remained in the hands of marquis Clerici until 1795, when it passed by marriage to the banker and Napoleonic politician Giambattista Sommariva, who added a pediment and clock. In 1843, it was given as a wedding present by Princess Marianna of Pru…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    The Organ Fountain was famous for the hydraulic-pneumatic technology that made this water-and-air-powered musical fountain possible in the 16th century. It was recently cleaned and restored so it again produces sound.

    Villa on the edge of the town, famous for its fine gardens with their spectacular fountains and waterworks. In 1550 Ippolito II d'Este (i), Cardinal of Ferrara, was appointed governor of Tivoli. He decided to transform the governor’s residence located in a portion of an…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    The system by which water is conveyed to the park (1753-1769) is one of the greatest technical achievements of the 18th century; 42 km long, it includes a spectacular aqueduct, the Archi della Valle, of antique proportions (528 m length x 60 m height).

    Constructed for the Bourbon kings of Naples. It was the largest palace and one of the largest buildings erected in Europe during the 18th century, “the swan song of the Baroque period.” The Bourbon king Charles VII of Naples (from 17…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    A public water fountain that sits opposite the Duomo in the square. It has an octagonal base with three concentric steps and a central column with two tiered basins. At the four corners are columns with additional water spouts. It is decorated with putti, tritons, and fantastic animals including a sea horse, and a female centaur.

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    The system by which water is conveyed to the park (1753-1769) is one of the greatest technical achievements of the 18th century; 42 km long, it includes a spectacular aqueduct, the Archi della Valle, of antique proportions (528 m length x 60 m height).

    Constructed for the Bourbon kings of Naples. It was the largest palace and one of the largest buildings erected in Europe during the 18th century, “the swan song of the Baroque period.” The Bourbon king Charles VII of Naples (from 17…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01