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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…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • 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…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • 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…

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

    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 feet across the long axis marked by three monuments: positioned laterally by fountains propelling tall jets of water, and in the center, by an Egyptian obelisk that had served as a turning post in the chariot races at the ancient Circus of Nero. As they enter the piazza, the …

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

    The city fell into decline in the 16th and 17th centuries and was almost entirely destroyed by the great earthquake of 1693; the present centre of Catania, therefore, is distinctly 18th century in aspect, rebuilt according to the plan of the late Baroque architect Giovanni Battista Vaccarini. Vaccarini also designed many of its buildings, notably the cathedral that incorporates the Norman remains (It was originally constructed in 1078-1093, on the ruins of the ancient Roman Achillean Baths, b…

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

    Three years after the competition for the Fountain of Neptune in Florence, the authorities in Bologna approached Giambologna to make a statue of Neptune and many subsidiary figures and ornaments for a fountain designed by Tommaso Laureti that they were erecting in the centre of their city. The young sculptor’s full powers seem to have been released in the making of this Fountain of Neptune (completed 1566). At the feet of Neptune are four boys struggling with dolphins, which spout water, …

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

    Ammanati’s Fountain of Neptune (ca. 1560-1575) is visble in Piazza della Signoria (also commissioned by Cosimo I de’ Medici)

    Commissioned by Cosimo I de’ Medici (1519-1574) whose bust is on the voussoirs above door.

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

    A group of buildings in Mantua, built between the 14th and the 17th century mainly by the noble family of Gonzaga as their royal residence in the capital of their Duchy. The buildings are connected by corridors and galleries and are enriched by inner courts and wide gardens. The complex includes some 500 rooms and occupies an area of ca. 34,000 m². Although most famous for Mantegna’s frescos in the Camera degli Sposi (Wedding Room), they have many other very significant architectural and …

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

    Pope Innocent VI issued a papal bull founding the charterhouse (Carthusian monastery) on June 2, 1356, next to his palace in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon. A religious community of about forty people began building the church of St. Mary (consecrated 1358), the great cloister and small cloister. Having escaped the plague that struck the city of Avignon in 1361 , Pope Innocent VI, by a bull of August 1362 , decided to appoint the monastery, Notre-Dame du Val de Benediction. On 22 November 1362 , the …

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

    There is a “matching” Fountain of Amphitrite (at the northeast corner of the square).

    Héré de Corny was court architect to Stanislaw Leszczyński, Duke of Lorraine and former King of Poland at his capital of Nancy (reigned 1738-1766); famous for the harmonious suite of axial spaces he developed, extending from the Place Stanislas to the Palais du Gouvernement; the sequence is a prime example of eighteenth-century urbanism. The square was a way to link the medieval old town of Nancy …

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01