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

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    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    On the terrace above the grotto, level with the piano nobile windows, Ammanati constructed a fountain centered on the axis; it was later replaced by the Fontana del Carciofo (“Fountain of the Artichoke”), designed by Giambologna’s former assistant, Francesco Susini, and completed in 1641.

    In addition to the various elaborate fountains that Cosimo ordered, Ammanati was also commissioned to improve (1560-1577) the Palazzo Pitti, which had been acquired (1549) as a residence for t…

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    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    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…

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    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    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…

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    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    In 1717 Francesco Carlo Bizzaccheri designed a fountain in honour of Pope Clement XI Albani. The basin was in the form of an eight-pointed star. This symbol is repeated in different parts of the fountain. The step on which the basin rests is also of a similar shape. The rocks in the basin also roughly form the shape of a star. A smaller and clearer star is carved on a castle above the washboard. Two tritons sit on top of the rocks back to back with their tails entwined, supporting a shell sha…

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

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

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    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    The obelisk marked a center, and a granite fountain by Carlo Maderno stood to one side: Bernini made the fountain appear to be one of the foci of the ellipse embraced by his colonnades and eventually matched it on the other side, in 1675, just five years before his death.

    In transforming the small existing piazza, Bernini was expected to cater for several functions. “Four rows of simple and majestic Doric columns (300 in total) all carved from Roman travertine. This forms an oval 650 fe…

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    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    Pope Julius II established the Belvedere sculpture garden behind the Vatican Palace. The Museo Pio Clementino was constructed by Michelangelo Simonetti, to take the Belvedere sculptures into a new display and to make room for the frantic new collecting of antiquities on which the papacy embarked, which soon required the additional accommodation of the Galleria dei Candelabri. Once the papacy was committed to centralized conservation, the collections rapidly expanded in the form of different m…

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

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

    The obelisk marked a center, and a granite fountain by Carlo Maderno stood to one side: Bernini made the fountain appear to be one of the foci of the ellipse embraced by his colonnades and eventually matched it on the other side, in 1675, just five years before his death.

    In transforming the small existing piazza, Bernini was expected to cater for several functions. “Four rows of simple and majestic Doric columns (300 in total) all carved from Roman travertine. This forms an oval 650 fe…

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    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    Before damage and restoration; the side volutes on the facade have been removed.

    The Cathedral (12th century), contains the remains of King Conrad, ruler of Germany and Sicily in the 13th century. The building had to be almost entirely rebuilt in 1919-1920, following the devastating 1908 earthquake, and again in 1943, after a fire triggered by Allied bombings. The original Norman structure can be recognized in the apsidal area. The façade has three late Gothic portals, the central of which p…

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    1910-01-01
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