Italian Artists & Architects

Alberti, Leon Battista (1406-1472)

Leon Battista Alberti, Italian architect, art theorist and writer, was born in Genoa in 1406 and died in Rome in 1472. He began his artistic studies in Padua and Bolonia, but the most important period of formation passed in Rome, where he in 1432 started to work in the office of an apostolic abbreviator. He studied deeply the classic architecture, its design, proportions,...

Arezzo, Margaritone d' (the 13th century) (Margarito di Magnano)

Arezzo, Margaritone Margarito di Magnano named Margaritone d'Arezzo, Italian painter, lived and worked in the second half of the 13th century. Among his works the most important is San Francesco (pictured) (Pinacoteca, Arezzo); Madonna e Santi (New York, Lehman Coll.). The famous San Francesco was executed for the Franciscan monastery in Sargiano.

Bernini, Gian Lorenzo (1598-1680)

self-portrait of G.L.Bernini Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Italian architect, sculptor and scene-designer, was born in Naples in 1598 and died in Rome in 1680. He began his artistic way in the studio of his father Pietro Bernini, where studied the works of the greatest artists of Renaissance and Greek classic sculpture and architecture. His first four marble groups created in 1619-1625 for the cardinal Scipione...

Bramante, Donato (1444-1514)

Donato di Pascuccio di Antonio named Bramante, Italian architect and painter, was born in Monte Asdruvaldo, Fermignano, Pesaro in 1444 and died in Rome in 1514. His first works are documented in Lombardia (Bergamo), where in 1477 he frescoed the figures of Philisophers and architectonic perspectives on the facade of the Palazzo del Podesta'; and in Milan, where since 1478, he...

Filarete (1400-1469) (Antonio Averlino)

Antonio Averulino named il Filarete, Italian sculpture and architect, was born in Florence in circa 1400 and probably died in Rome in circa 1469. He began his artistic life in humanistic Florence (probably in a studio of Ghiberti), but his first period of activity as a sculptor was spent in Rome, where charged by Eugenius IV, he executed the bronze door of St Peter's (1433-45...

Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564)

Michelangelo Buonarroti, Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet, was born in Caprese in 1475 and died in Rome in 1564. He was the 2nd among five children of the family and his mother died when Michelangelo had only six years. His father Ludovico, podesta of Chiusi and Caprese, descendant of the ancient Florentine family, sent him to study under the guiding of the...

Raphael (1483-1520) (Raffaello Sanzio)

Raffaello Sanzio, Italian painter and architect, was born in Urbino in 1483 and died in Rome in 1520. Being a son of Giovanni Santi, author of a famous Chronicle in rime and the head of a successful studio, who was working for the court of Urbino, and as a portraitist for the court of Mantua, the young artist received the first education in his father's studio, which activity...

Biography of Alfred Eisenstaedt - The father of contemporary photojournalism.

Legendary kiss V–J day in Times Square Alfred Eisenstaedt Alfred Eisenstaedt, who was born in Dirschau, in Prussia, on 6 December 1898. The finger on the camera’s shutter was that of Alfred Eisenstaedt, a “Life” magazine photographer, who is considered to be the father of modern photojournalism. This famous image, along with a rich repertoire of Eisenstaed’s work, 100 black and white photographs in all, are displayed in the Museo di...

Italian Artists & Architects Bios List: Started With "A"

Given Names in Alphabetical Order - "A"

Acquisti, Luigi (1745-1823)

Luigi Acquisti, Italian sculptor, was born in Forli' in 1745 and died in Bologna in 1823. His most noted works are: relieves of Arco della Pace (Milan); big statue Vecchia Legge (facade of Duomo in Milan); a group Marte e Venere (Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo); statues in Palazzo Braschi (Rome).

Agresti, Livio (1508-1580)

Livio Agresti, named il Ricciutello, or Ritius, Italian painter, was born in Forli' in circa 1508 and died in Rome in circa 1580. He was working in Forli' (Umbria) and, most of all, in Rome, where he left after himself paintings in oil and frescoes in the modes of Roman mannerism in places like Santa Caterina dei Funari, in the oratory of Gonfalone and in Santo Spirito in...

Albani, Francesco (1578-1660)

Francesco Albani, Italian painter, was born and died in Bologna in 1578-1660. He was a pupil of D.Calvaert and of G.Reni; since 1595 worked in the workshop of the Carracci. Albani participated in decoration of the hall of Enea in Palazzo Fava and of the oratory of S.Colombano in Bologna. In 1601-1602 he lived in Rome and collaborated with Annibale Carracci in decoration of...

Alberti, Cherubino (1553-1615)

Cherubino Alberti (pictured), Italian painter and engraver, was born in Borgo Sansepolcro in 1553 and died in Rome in 1615. His formation took place in late Florentine and Roman mannerist environment. He frescoed the Sala Clementina in Vatican and the Sacristy of St John Lateran (Rome) in collaboration with his brother Giovanni, as well as other numerous Roman churches and...

Albini, Franco (1905-1977)

Franco Albini, Italian architect, urbanist and designer, was born in Robbiate in 1905 and died in Milan in 1977. He often worked in collaboration with F.Helg. Amog his projects should be mentioned the reconstruction of Musei di Palazzo Bianco (Genoa, 1951), VI Triennale (Milan 1936), palaces of Rinascente (Rome, 1957). Albini was always attentive to the sense of local...