Italian Artists & Architects

Sansovino (1460-1529) (Andrea Contucci)

Andrea Contucci, named Sansovino, Italian sculptor and architect, was born and died in Monte San Savino, Arezzo, in 1460-1529. He was probably a pupil of Antonio Pollaiolo, and was active first in Florence: altar of Sacramento (Cappella Corbinelli, Chiesa di S.Spirito); in Fiesole: altar Ferrucci (Cathedral). In 1491 he was invited to Portugal by Lorenzo de'Medici, where...

Saraceni, Carlo (1580-1620)

Carlo Saraceni, Italian painter, was born and died in Venice in 1580-1620. In 1600 he went to Rome, where became a pupil of C.Mariani passing through a classicist school: Venus and Mars (Lugano, Cill,Thyssen). But his northern origins brought him to A.Elsheimer and O.Gentileschi. In the beginning he was creating paintings of reduced size with the Biblical and mythological...

Sartorio, Giulio Aristide (1860-1932)

Giulio Aristide Sartorio, Italian painter, was born and died in Rome in 1860-1932. His most famous works are: Diana of Ephes and the slaves, and Gorgon and the Heroes (1895-99, Rome, Gall.Naz.d'Arte Mod.); an encaustic frieze in the Parliament Chamber (Palazzo di Montecitorio, Rome, 1908-1911). He also collaborated with D'Annunzio in a magazine "The Banquet" (1895-98).

Sassoferrato (1605-1685) Giovanni Battista Salvi

Giovanni Battista Salvi named Sassoferrato, Italian painter, was born in Sassoferrato, Ancona in 1605 and died in Rome in 1685. His artistic taste based on studies of Domenichino, G.Reni, Raphael and O.Gentileschi: Madonna del Rosario (1643) (Santa Sabina, Rome); Madonna col Bambino (Florence, Uffizi).

Sermoneta (1521-1580) (Girolamo Siciolante)

Girolamo Siciolante, named Sermoneta, Italian painter, was born in Sermoneta in 1521 and died in Rome in 1580. His artistic formation took place in the mannerist environment of Roman school: collaborator of Perin del Vaga in Castel Sant'Angelo. But after some time he accepted the classicist modes for his works: Madonna con sei santi (1548, Bologna, San Martino Maggiore); La...

Serra, Luigi (1846-1888)

Luigi Serra, Bologna 1846-88, Italian painter. His most famous works were in form of great historical compositions like: Triumphal entrance of the Catholic army in Praga (apse frescoes, Chiesa di S.Maria della Vittoria in Rome), Il glossatore Irnerio (Palazzo Comunale in Bologna (1886)), and other themes as well: Al monte di pieta' (Rome, Galleria d'Arte Moderna).

Sfondrini, Achille (1836-1900)

Achille Sfondrini, Italian architect, was born and died in Milan in 1836-1900). His specialization was construction of theatres, among them should be noticed Lyric Theatre of Milan (1894) and Teatro Costanzi in Rome (1878-1880) which later was named Royal Opera Theatre.

Siena, Barna da (the 14th century)

Barna da Siena, Italian painter, lived in the 14th century. Among the works attributed to him there is no any signed and dated by him. The most famous his work was finished probably around 1351: Storie evangeliche, a cycle of frescoes in Collegiata di San Gimignano. Should also be mentioned Cristo portacroce (New York, Frick Coll.); a fresco in the church S.Pietro a San...

Signorelli, Luca (circa 1445-1523)

Luca Signorelli, Italian painter, was born and died in Cortona in circa 1455 - 1523. The first news about him appeared in 1470. He was probably the pupil of Piero della Francesca and was interested in Florentine culture and Pollaiolo in particular. In 1482 he depicted Cappella Sistina in Rome with the Testamento e Morte di Mose'; San Paolo (1474) (Citta' di Castello, Torre del...

Simonetti, Michelangelo (1724-1781)

Michelangelo Simonetti, Italian architect, was born and died in Rome in 1724-1781. Since 1776 he worked in Vatican at the construction of the Museo Pio Clementino: Scala Simonetti, Sala delle Muse, Sala Rotonda, etc. The responsibility of the destruction of the chapel frescoed by Mantegna inside of the ancient Palazetto di Innocent VIII belongs to Simonetti as well.

Sodoma (1477-1549) (Giovan Antonio Bazzi)

Giovan Antonio Bazzi, named Sodoma, Italian painter, was born in Vercelli in 1477 and died in Siena in 1549. The pupil of G.M.Spanzotti, he became very quickly the imitator of Leonardo: Amore e castita' (Paris, Louvre); Giuditta (Siena, Pin.); Madonna e Santi (Turin, Pin.). Being in Siena in 1501 he was influenced by Pinturicchio and Perugino: Storie di Cristo e Maria (Pienza...

Soria, Giovanni Battista (1581-1651)

Giovanni Battista Soria, Italian architect, was born and died in Rome in 1581-1651. He was a pupil of G.B.Montano. In Roman works he showed himself faithful to the late mannerist modes in architecture with the elements of C.Maderno's art: church S.Crisogono in Trastevere; facade of Santa Maria della Vittoria (1626); facades of S.Carlo ai Catinari and of S.Caterina a...

Spagna (circa 1450-1528)

Giovanni di Pietro, named Spagna, Italian painter, was born in Spain in circa 1450 and died in Spoleto in 1528. His presence in Perugia was documented from the end of the 15th century. He was one of the most faithful pupils of Perugino: Nativita' (Berlin, Staatl.Mus.); Incoronazione di Maria (Todi, Pin.); frescoes (Trevi, San Marino). Later he was influenced by Raphael:...

Specchi, Alessandro (1668-1729)

Alessandro Specchi, Italian architect and engraver, was born and died in Rome in 1668-1729. He was a pupil of C.Fontana. His first important work was Port of Ripetta (pictured) (Rome, 1703-1705, destroyed in course of creation of the walls along the Tiber (Lungotevere) in the early 20th century). Specchi's brilliant carrier of architect was interrupted when to him was...

Stati, Cristoforo (1556-1619)

Cristoforo Stati, Italian sculptor, was born in Bracciano in 1556 and Rome 1619. He was a representative of late-mannerist Roman school. His most noted works are: monument to Paul V (church S.Maria Maggiore); statue of Maddalena and statue of monsignor Barberini (Cappella Barberini, Sant'Andrea della Valle, Rome).