Ammannati, Bartolomeo (1511-1592)

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Bartolomeo Ammannati, Italian architect and sculptor, was born in Settignano, Florence in 1511 and died in Florence in 1592. He studied in Florence together with Baccio Bandinelli, and afterwards in Venice, where collaborated with Jacopo Sansovino on decoration of the Libreria di San Marco. In 1550 he moved to Rome to execute the tombs of Antonio and Fabiano del Monte in Chiesa di S.Pietro in Montorio. Later, in collaboration with G.Vasari and Vignola, he erected the fountain in Villa Giulia, creating a complex construction of three levels with the caves.

In 1555 Ammannati returns to Florence and builds a great fountain for the hall of the Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio. He also completed according to Michelangelo's designs, the vestibule of the Biblioteca Laurenziana. In 1560-1568 he was working on transformation of Palazzo Pitti for Cosimo I creating a large courtyard, and projected in 1570 the Ponte di S.Trinita (destroyed in 1944, and reconstructed in 1958). In 1563-1577 he executed the Fontana del Nettuno in Piazza della Signoria. In the meantime the designs for the Jesuit church of S.Giovannino were prepared.

Ammannati was one of the typical representatives of late Tuscanian-Roman mannerism

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