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Fontana dell'Abate Ferrari Bonini

Abbot Ferrari Bonini Fountain

Giuseppe Ferrari Bonini
1707 - 1797
Prior of the Church of St. James Major in Reggio; devoted many charitable works for his Reggio
Ilario Bedotti & Guglielmo Fornaciari

Reggio nell'Emilia /  Fontana dell'Abate Ferrari Bonini   Reggio nell'Emilia /  Fontana dell'Abate Ferrari Bonini


The fountain is made up of a circular tank of ten meters in diameter, with a rocky central island from which a pedestal with vegetable motifs, including algae and palm trees, raises. The pedestal supports a second scale, shaped like a shell; Around it are placed three winged putti with the symbols of Fame, History and Recognition, sculpted by Bedotti, spaced by as three stone medallions, two with text and one with a portrait.

Reggio nell'Emilia - Fontana dell'Abate Ferrari Bonini
Fama / Fame
The trumpet has disappeared
Reggio nell'Emilia - Fontana dell'Abate Ferrari Bonini
Riconoscenza / Recognition
Reggio nell'Emilia - Fontana dell'Abate Ferrari Bonini
Storia / History

The fountain was inaugurated on 22 November 1885, coinciding with the completion of the construction work of the city aqueduct. Both the fountain and the aqueduct were commissioned by Ulderico Levi, an illustrious statesman from Reggio. The sculptural parts of the fountain are by Ilario Bedotti and Guglielmo Fornaciari; the project was under supervision of the engineer Domenico Lanza. From the city chronicles of that time we learn that in the book of Storia supported by the corresponding putto were dated the dates 1707-1797, the date of birth and death of Ferrari Bonini.


che nel secolo xviii
con nuovo acume di carit7#224; civile
soccorse in perpetuo del proprio censo
l'onesti in...estre e l'ingegno operoso
dr... viri reggiani
affinelle? non un vanio o una gloria
mancasse per indigenza alla patria
questa fontana
ulderico levi
dona ..ori municipio dell' acquedotto
volle dedi...

il giorno xxii novembre

Reggio nell'Emilia - Fontana dell'Abate Ferrari Bonini


Sources & Information


  • Bedotti, Ilario
  • Fame
  • Ferrari Bonini, Giuseppe
  • Fornaciari, Guglielmo
  • Fountain
  • History (allegory)
  • Philanthropist
  • Putto
  • Recognition (allegory)
  • Location (N 44°42'4" - E 10°37'48")

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