Italian Artists & Architects

Beltrami, Luca (1854-1933)

Luca Beltrami, Italian architect, was born in Milan in 1854 and died in Rome in 1933. He was one the greatest representatives of the historical restoration, a movement that supported the necessity to base the restoration of the monuments over the precise historical documentation. Due to him were restored among others, such monuments as Rocca di Soncino (1882-1885), the Church...

Benefial, Marco (1684-1764)

Marco Benefial, Italian painter, was born and died in Rome in 1684-1764. He was one of the initiators of the neoclassic reaction to the Roman baroque academism. His works could show the influence of A.Carracci, of Bologna's school of the 17th century, of Raphael and ancient sculpture: Storia di S.Margherita da Cortona (1732, Rome, Chiesa dell'Aracoeli); Ritratto di famiglia...

Bernini, Pietro (1562-1629) (Father of G.L.Bernini)

Pietro Bernini, Italian sculptor, was born in Sesto Fiorentino in 1562 and died in Rome in 1629. Led his activity first in Florence, since 1584 lived in Naples, and since 1605 in Rome. Here P.Bernini executed relieves for the churches of Santa Maria Maggiore and Sant'Andrea della Valle, for Villa Borghese and for the park of Caprarola. In 1627-1629 he created the fountain of...

Berthelot, Guillaume (circa1570-1648)

Guillaume Berthelot, French sculptor, was born and died in Paris in circa1570-1648. His artistic formation took place mostly in Rome in the circle of D.Fontana. Among his Roman works should be noticed: Madonna col Bambino located on the top of the column in Piazza S.Maria Maggiore. After 1619 he worked in Paris at service of Maria de'Medici and of cardinal Richelieu.

Bertoja (1544-1574) (Jacopo Zanguidi)

Jacopo Zanguidi, named Bertoja, Italian painter, was born and died in Parma in 1544-1574. His most noted works are: frescoes in Oratorio del Gonfalone in Rome (in collaboration with the other artists): Entrata in Gerusalemme; frescoes in Palazzo del Giardino in Parma; decoration of Palazzo di Caprarola. He revealed himself as an original painter, who's art is characterized by...

Bolgi, Andrea (1605-1656)

Andrea Bolgi, Italian sculptor, was born in Carrara in 1605 and died in Naples in 1656. His formation as a sculptor took place in Tuscany, and later in Rome, when he entered the group of artist around G.L.Bernini, with who he worked in St Peter's over the colossal statue of Sant'Elena (1639). The influence of Bernini could be traced in works executed after 1640 in Naples. His...

Bonfigli, Benedetto (1420/1425-1496)

Benedetto Bonfigli, Italian painter, was born and died in Perugia in circa 1420 - 1496. He was one of the primary figures in Umbria before the times of Perugino; he was bound with the Tuscanian painting of Benozzo Gozzi, Beato Angelico and Filippo Lippi, and especially of Domenico Veneziano, with who he had contacts in course of decoration works of Palazzo dei Priori in...

Borgognone (1621-1676) (Jacques Courtois)

Jacques Courtois, named Borgognone, French painter, was born in Saint Hippolyte in 1621 and died in Rome in 1676. He conducted his activity mostly in Rome; attracted particularly by S.Rosa, of who he became a rival. He is known as the author of the battle scenes: Gall.Spada (Rome); Louvre (Paris), realized with the notable dramatic force and intensity of color and light.

Borromini, Francesco (1599-1667)

Francesco Castelli named Borromini, Italian architect, was born in Bissone, Canton Ticino in 1599 and died in Rome in 1667. His activity begins in Milan, where he probably worked for the Fabbrica del Duomo (Milan's Cathedral) under the direction of Richini. Being in Rome since 1619 Borromini continued modest work of marble carver for Maderno, who was his distant parent, and...

Botticelli (1445-1510) (Sandro Filipepi)

Botticelli's self portrait Sandro Filipepi named Botticelli, Italian painter, was born and died in Florence in 1445-1510. He was pupil of Lippi and later of Verrocchio; started with a series of Madonnas (Ajaccio, Mus.Fresch); (Paris, Louvre); (Florence, Acc.), their culmination was Madonna del Roseto (1468) (Paris, Louvre), which was surpassed already in Fortezza (1470) (Flotence, Uffizi), executed for...

Bracci, Pietro (1700-1773)

Pietro Bracci, Italian sculptor, was born and died in Rome in 1700-1773. In Rome he realized numerous important public and private works like: a tomb of Benedict XIII in the church S.Maria sopra Minerva; the statues of the monument to Maria Clementina Sobieski in St Peter's (1722); Nettuno e i tritoni for the Trevi fountain (1722); a tomb of Benedict XIV in St Peter's; statues...

Bramantino (1465-1530) (Bartolomeo Suardi)

Bartolomeo Suardi named Bramantino, Italian painter and architect, was born and died in Milan in circa1465-1530. There is very little information known about him with the certainty. Among those few data is his travel to Rome in 1508, which divided artists carrier in two. He is known most of all as a painter, and it is harder to speak about his architect activity judging only...

Brandi, Giacinto (1623-1691)

Giacinto Brandi, Italian painter, was born in Poli, Rome in 1623 and died in Rome in 1691. He was originally from a family of artisans-decorators, and was strongly influenced by Lanfranco, Baciccia and others: 40 Martyrs (Chiesa delle Stimmate), paintings, frescoes and stuccoes for Chiesa di S.Carlo al Corso (1673-84), paintings for Chiesa di S.Andrea al Quirinale.

Bregno, Andrea (1418/21-1503/06)

Andrea Bregno, Italian sculptor and architect, was born in Osteno, Como in 1418/1421 and died in Rome in 1503/1506. He was very active in Rome, where together with L.Capponi and Giovanni Dalmata, represented the currents of the north-Italian sculpture. In the altar for Rodrigo Borgia (1473) (Alexander VI) and in the burial monument to the cardinal Cristoforo della Rovere (...

Brill, Paul (1554-1626)

Paul Brill, Flemish painter, was born in Anversa in 1554 and died in Rome in 1626. In 1574 he went to Rome where in the beginning was working with his brother Matthijs over the decoration of Torre dei Venti in Vatican; Casino Rospigliosi; Galleria Clementina, Scala Santa and Library in Vatican. His paintings and designs with the landscape are quite interesting (Milan,...