The work of Giovanni Battista Falda is about fountains distributed all over Rome. The fountains are clearly presented as the main object. This is achieved in two ways. First in many of the paintings the fountain is placed in the center of the picture. This often highlights the symmetry of the fountains. Secondly, they can also be slightly offset to create more tension in the image. In the background the near surroundings are shown, but the fountain is always in the foreground. The surroundings only give context to the images. This context can show the surrounding houses, trees, statues or gardens.
People are often shown in the images not only as dimension figure, but show the situation of the place where the fountain is located. This can be, for example, a busy street, a quiet street, a garden or an interior. It seems as if people are moving in the pictures. This is achieved through everyday situations. In some pictures even animals are shown, which playfully jump around. An important theme is also the representation of water. This also helps to make the pictures seem more alive. This is also still achieved by clouds, which hover in the sky.The light is represented by shadows on the ground. This gives information about the position of the sun and the weather.
The clarity in the image is also reflected in the layout. The pictures are namely always only on the right side and he leaves the left side simply empty. In addition, the images are separated from the sheet by a frame. This has the effect, that you see the different fountains as through a window. Also with the edge of the picture, very close attention is given to what is still in the picture and what is not. This can have the effect, that although not the whole context is shown, we can imagine it or even wants to imagine it. In some pictures the fountain would look quite different without context.
In conclusion, we can say that the frame is intentionally chosen to show the fountain as the main object in the picture. The frame gives the feeling of looking through a window. People, animals, the visualization of the water, the background and the light give the images a liveliness and a context in which the fountain is located. Without this context, you can not see the size and importance of the fountain.