Photographer's Note

This is a detail of the Fontana dell'Organo (fountain of the organ), one of the many fountains that embellish the beautiful Villa d'Este in Tivoli, some 20kms south of Rome. It is an amazing villa whose gardens are filled with huge amd beautiful fountains and stautes of all kinds, the amount of water that is used in this place is unthinkable!
The Villa d'Este is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, it is a masterpiece of Italian architecture and garden design. The chief painter of the ambitious internal decoration was Livio Agresti from Forlž.

The Villa d'Este was commissioned by Cardinal Ippolito d'Este, who had been appointed Governor of Tivoli by Pope Julius III. From 1550 until his death in 1572, he created a palace surrounded by a fabulous terraced garden in the late-Renaissance mannerist style.

Drawing inspiration from the nearby Villa Adriana (the palace of Emperor Hadrian) and reviving Roman techniques of hydraulic engineering to supply water to a sequence of fountains, the cardinal created an elaborate fantasy garden whose mixture of architectural elements and water features had an enormous influence on European landscape design.

Pirro Ligorio was commissioned to lay out the gardens for the villa, with the assistance of Tommaso Chiruchi of Bologna, one of the most skilled hydraulic engineers of the 16th century, who had worked on the fountains at Villa Lante. At Villa d'Este he was assisted in the technical designs for the fountains by a Frenchman, Claude Venard, who was an experienced manufacturer of hydraulic organs.
The Villa was celebrated in poetry, painting and music, and is evoked in Liszt's "Les Jeux d'Eaux ŗ la Villa d'Este".
note the statue under the waterfall, and the rainvbow on the side.
I have balanced the colours a bit to make it look a bit warmer.
The original photo is in the workshop.
let me know which one you think is better.
thank you

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