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Fontana dell'Acqua Felice; Moses Fountain
Fontana dell'Acqua Felice; Moses Fountain
Other Title(s)Fontana dell'Acqua Felice; Moses Fountain
TitleMoses Fountain
Record Typework
Type of WorkArchitecture; Baroque Architecture; Baroque Fountains
Creator (Artist/Architect)Fontana, Domenico (1543-1607)
Fontana, Giovanni (1540-1614)
LocationItaly; Rome; Piazza di San Bernardo
Period16th c
Description/Notes"The Acqua Felice was built for Sixtus V by the brothers Giovanni and Domenico Fontana. Its design was adapted from Roman triumphal arches, complete with papal arms and a laudatory Latin inscription. Antique columns of coloured marble divide the main body into three fields, beneath which stands basins flanked by Egyptian and medieval stone lions. Although the quality of the sculpture is mediocre, its iconographic programme is noteworthy, for instead of mythological themes, biblical personages are portrayed. The central figure is a rather ungainly Moses by Leonardo Sormani (d. 1589) and Prospero Antichi (d. 1592); the lateral bays contain reliefs showing Aaron leading the Israelites to water and Joshua leading them across the Jordan with dry feet, carved by a group of minor sculptor.""" See:
Rights - Deposited ImageCharles K. Growdon and Marcia Cohn Growdon
ViewWith Santa Maria della Vittoria in background
UNR Accession #06-MCG-0092-IT

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