There are any number of famous Roman water features in its city center. One of the finest sculptors and artists of the 17th century, nearly all of them were planned, conceived and built by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. He was also a city architect, in addition to his expertise as a water fountain designer, and records of his life's work are evident throughout the avenues of Rome. Bernini's father, a celebrated Florentine sculptor, mentored his young son, and they eventually settled in Rome, to fully exhibit their artwork in the form of public water fountains and water fountains. An excellent employee, the young Bernini earned compliments and the backing of many popes and important designers. At the beginning he was known for his sculptural abilities. Most famously in the Vatican, he made use of a base of expertise in historical Greek architecture and melded it effortlessly with next Roman marble. Though he was influenced by many, Michelangelo had the most profound impact on him, both personally and professionally.