Fontana, Domenico (1543-1607)

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Domenico Fontana, Italian engineer, plumber and architect, was born in Melide in 1543 and died in Naples in 1607; he was the founder of the famous artistic family Fontana. In Rome, being still very young, he executed engineering and hydraulic works, among which are erection of the obelisk in-front of St Peter's and water tracing to the Quirinale Hill. Under the pontificate of Sixtus V (1585-1590) projected and updated the renewing of Roman urbanism with the opening of via Sistina and other streets that lead from Santa Maria Maggiore to San Giovanni in Laterano, Santa Croce in Gerusalemme and San Lorenzo.

Among the numerous works of D.Fontana should also be noticed the facade of Palazzo del Laterano; Cappella del Santissimo Sacramento in the church Santa Maria Maggiore; Cappella del Presepe; little and ancient oratory, the interor of Roman church of S.Sabina. From 1592 executed the hydraulic and architectural works in Naples: aqueduct del Sarno, reconstruction of Palazzo Reale.

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