Admittedly when I see a nice big fountain my first instinct is to go for a swim; especially on hot days such as today. Okay, I realize just how much this is an etiquette faux pas. Fountains are meant to be soothing pieces of aesthetic quality, right?

Roman Wall Fountain Replica

There was a time in history when fountains were way more functional. The Ancient Romans diverted major water ways, creating an empire of water fountains. At one point there were nine aqueducts, 39 monumental fountains and  591 public basins. This is all mind blowing considering the lack of technology we are fortunate to have today. Mainly these fountains were used to provide drinking water. However, a civilization after my own heart, the Romans even built fountains that included large basins for swimming, such as one in Tivoli.

It would not be until later in history did fountains take on the symbolism of pure and holy. When the Middle Ages came around most of the Roman aqueducts fell into disrepair and the fountains cease to be functional. The Church at the time used fountains as a metaphor for life, beauty, wisdom and innocence and attached biblical themes such as The Garden and Eden to the imagery. Fountains were common place in monasteries and other places of high worship.

By time the Renaissance rolled around, there was a drive to revive some of the ancient Roman aqueducts. The Church in Rome commissioned fountains for aesthetic and functional purposes but if we’re honest, it was mainly for aesthetic. With old aqueducts being revived and new ones being built,  in Florence the first ever continually running fountain was built, named the Fountain of Neptune. Fountains at this time grew into so much more then just water sources, but rather the showcasing of wealth and grandeur. It was from this period that the fountains that we know today originated.

At Statue.com, we are proud of our gallery of fountains. While we do not recommend taking a dip in our fountains we do think they add charm, class and relaxation to any landscaping.

To view our gallery of fountains, head on over to our website http://www.statue.com. If you have one in mind but cannot find it on the website feel free to contact us.

Reach us by phone Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (CT) 618-692-1121 or Toll-Free at 877-675-2634

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~Kristen

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The famous sculptor we asked you to name is none other then Antonio Canova (1757-1822). Canova is known to be the greatest sculptor of his time throughout Europe. Both his father and grandfather were stone cutters and helped develop Canova’s trade. As soon as he could hold a pencil, he executed drawings under the guidance of his grandfather.  In 1780, Canova moved to Rome, Italy. It was here, he grew into his own as an artist and established his fame. Canova illustrated the Romantic Classicism that was so valued at the time, he created daring images of seductive elegance and form. Both the supple figures and tactful features of his work recalled the earlier Rococo, with its charm and realism, but he was firmly Neoclassic in his approach.

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Psyche Revived by Cupids Kiss was commissioned in 1787 and acquired by Joachim Murat in 1800, and entered the Louvre in 1824, two  years after Canova’s death.

Canova seduced the whole of Europe with his mythological compositions in which the purity of contours was used to portray a discrete eroticism. In the area of portraiture he was the absolute champion of idealization. He displayed a sensibility both to naturalism and to the early Renaissance, opening the way to two dominant trends at the beginning of the century: skilled realism and historical subject matter. These Canova sculptures will make a wonderful decor for your gallery or make a wonderful gift of historical and classical statuary.