Fontana (Fountain) del Mosè, Rome

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The fountain was erected in 1588 by D.Fontana to celebrate reactivation of ancient aqueduct bringing to Rome Acqua Alessandrina, executed by Sixtus V (Felice Peretti), from who the present name of this water derives: Acqua Felice. The statue of Moses is by Leonardo Sormani, the relieves are by Flaminio Vacca. The lions of the basins are the copies of original Egyptian lions, located now in Vatican Museums since the rule of Gregory XVI.

Fontana (Fountain) del Mosè, Rome
This is the first of the great Fontana fountains, and if Domenico Fontana got his inspiration for it from the beautiful public fountain made by Amannati for Julius III on the Via Flaminia, with which he was familiar before the Casino was placed above it, his fountain in its turn became the prototype for the great fountains erected in the next century by his brother for Pope PaulV.

Beside the Fountain of Moses is an ancient entrance to the 16th century gardens Orti dei Ponziani. The large statue of Moses that gives the name to the fountain is placed within the niche in the central arch.The work is by Leonardo Sormani and Prospero Antichi and was not very much appreciated from its first appearance. In the side niches both represent biblical subjects and are works by Flaminio Vacca on the right, and Giovanni Battista della Porta on the left. An unusually large attic contains a long epigraph celebrating the work, surmounted by the pope’s coat of arms with the two Fames on the sides, also by F. Vacca and G. B. della Porta. The four lions below are copies of Egyptian originals kept in the Vatican Museums. More Details About - Fontana del Mose

Fontana (Fountain) del Mosè
Piazza di San Bernardo
00187, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Castro Pretorio (Porta Pia) (Roma centro)
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