Fountain in Piazza del Campidoglio

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Title

Fountain in Piazza del Campidoglio

Description

Matteo Barolani da Castella, the winner of the fountain's design competition, designed a fountain for the Piazza del Campidoglio, the top of the Capitoline Hill, in 1589. Two fountains, at the foot of Michaelangelo's stops, statues of reclining river gods figures, Nile on the left and Tiber on the right, with basins below them can be seen in a seventeenth century etching of the senatorial stairs at the Piazza del Campidoglio.

The original fountain was supposed to be much grander, but a design (with five basins, not two which was eventually executed) was modified in order to keep the integrity of Michaelangelo's design of the piazza. Nevertheless, these fountains celebrate Sixtus V's gift of water amongst the contributions of the great Michaelangelo.

Creator

Matteo Barolani da Castella

Source

Rinne, Katherine Wentworth. "Aquae Urbis Romae." Waters of Rome. http://www3.iath.virginia.edu/waters/.

Morton, H. V. The Fountains of Rome. New York: Macmillan, 1966.

Publisher

Comune di Roma

Date

1589

Type

Fountain

Coverage

Rome, Italy

Citation

Matteo Barolani da Castella, “Fountain in Piazza del Campidoglio,” Italian Baroque Art, accessed January 24, 2021, https://baroque.trinity.duke.edu/items/show/467.