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The Fontana Maggiore, Perugia (1277-78)
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The Fontana Maggiore is a monumental medieval fountain located between the cathedral and the Palazzo dei Priori in the city of Perugia in Italy. It was made between 1277 and 1278 by sculptors Nicola Pisano and Giovanni Pisano. The hydraulics were by Fathers Bevignate and Boninsegna.

The fountain was part of program of civic improvements begun in 1278 to celebrate the autonomy of the free commune of Perugia. On the twenty-five sides of the basin are sculptures representing prophets and saints, the labors of the months, the signs of the zodiac, scenes from Genesis, and events from Roman history.[1]

Sources and Citations

  1. ^ Symmes, pg. 61


Marilyn Symmes, editor, Fountains, Splash and Spectacle - Water and Design from the Renaissance to the Present. Thames and Hudson, Publishers, in association with Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution. 1998.


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