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Giovanni Pisano (1250-1314)  Fontana Maggiore  Fontana, 1275-1278  The Piazza Grande (now Piazza IV Novembre), Perugia, Italy
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Title: Fontana Maggiore
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Giovanni Pisano (1250-1314)
Fontana Maggiore
Fontana, 1275-1278
The Piazza Grande (now Piazza IV Novembre), Perugia, Italy


The Fontana Maggiore, or Main Fountain, was built to celebrate the construction of the aqueduct that brought water to Perugia from the springs of Paciano, a mountain about five miles from the city center. The aqueduct was completed in 1278. The Fountain was built and decorated by Nicola Pisano (1220-c.1280) and his son Giovanni (1245-1320) between 1277 and 1278.

The Fontana Maggiore represents the masterpiece of Perugia and it is one of the most interesting and beautiful fountains of the 13th century any. Its decorations are undoubtedly focused towards the civic values of man, his activities and accomplishments during his life on earth.

The Fountain is composed of two polygonal basins, the upper one with a smaller diameter. Over the upper basin there is a bronze round vessel, seven feet in diameter, with three bronze statues holding over their heads an amphora from which water pours.
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Giovanni Pisano (1250-1314)  Fontana Maggiore  Fontana, 1275-1278  The Piazza Grande (now Piazza IV Novembre), Perugia, Italy
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