Multi-talented individuals, fountain artists from the 16th to the late 18th century often served as architects, sculptors, artists, engineers and cultivated scholars all in one person. Throughout the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci exemplified the creator as a innovative intellect, creator and scientific expert. With his tremendous fascination conce… Read More


Pope Nicholas V, himself a learned man, ruled the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455 during which time he commissioned many translations of ancient classical Greek texts into Latin. It was important for him to beautify the city of Rome to make it worthy of being known as the capital of the Christian world. At the behest of the Pope, the Aqua V… Read More


A fountain, an amazing piece of engineering, not only supplies drinking water as it pours into a basin, it can also propel water high into the air for a noteworthy effect. From the beginning, outdoor fountains were soley meant to serve as functional elements. People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to ba… Read More


Pope Nicholas V, himself a learned man, ruled the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455 during which time he commissioned many translations of ancient classical Greek texts into Latin. It was important for him to beautify the city of Rome to make it worthy of being known as the capital of the Christian world. At the behest of the Pope, the Aqua V… Read More


Even though most sculptors were remunerated by the temples to embellish the elaborate columns and archways with renderings of the gods, as the period came to a close, it became more common for sculptors to depict ordinary people as well because many of Greeks had begun to think of their religion as superstitious rather than sacred. Affluent individ… Read More