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Fountains of Rome

Fountains of Rome
Mario Sanfilippo

Illustrated by: Francesco Venturi | Photographs by: Francesco Venturi

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Description

Among the most recognizable and best-loved features of Rome are its fountains. The many varied examples that grace the urban fabric of the "Eternal City" were designed by some of Europe's greatest artists and architects, including Domenico Fontana, Giacomo della Porta, Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Nicola Salvi. Built at enormous expense, and often requiring new water-feeds to be constructed from miles outside Rome, the fountains were important elements of the urban renewal undertaken by the papal rulers, who were concerned with the creation of a new city which would demonstrate their triumphant and undisputed authority - echoing, where necessary, the heritage of Imperial Rome. A wide-ranging survey of these remarkable monuments is presented in this work, which includes colour photographs taken both at night and by day. The fountains are described individually, from the story of their commission and creation to stylistic and technical analyses. Maps and contemporary documents complete the survey.

Table of Contents

  • Part 1 The social uses of water in the three cities of Rome: ancient Rome (14th century B.C. to 6th century A.D.);
  • Christian Rome (7th to early 15th century);
  • papal Rome (early 15th century to 1870);
  • the third Rome. Part 2 The eye of the camera: major fountain groups in Rome's squares;
  • the villa fountains;
  • the "Ballerina" fountains;
  • the neighbourhood fountains of Pietro Lombardi;
  • various.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

Hardback
ISBN: 9781860641466
Publication Date: 31 Dec 1996
Number of Pages: 224
Height: 310
Width: 240
Illustrations: 200 colour halftones, maps, bibliography, index

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