13 Sep '11, 10am
"The Case of the Missing Fountain"
The Renaissance Fountain is also mentioned in detail: âthe National Library Board Chairman, Dr Tan Chin Nam mooted the idea of a renaissance fountain in the middle of the Courtyard in keeping with the notion of Singapore enjoying a renaissance of the arts. The fountain design is composite of pre-manufactured components put together. The base is a quatrefoil and superimposed square-emblematic of the transition from the medieval or Gothic into the quattrocento (the totality of cultural and artistic events and movements that occurred in Italy during the 15th century, the major period of the Early Renaissance). This design was also used quite extensively by Italian artists of the period. The fleur-de-lis at the top is unique, as it is the symbol of Florence: the birthplace of the renaissanceâ.