Italian Artists & Architects

Torriani, Orazio (1st half of the 17th century)

Orazio Torriani, Italian architect, active in Rome in the first half of the 17th century. His major works are the facade of the church San Lorenzo in Miranda (1602) built inside of the colonnade of the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina al Foro; the church of San Francesco di Paola (1624-1630). To him are also attributed the restoration of the churches Santi Cosma e Damiano, San...

Torriti, Jacopo (the 13th century)

Jacopo Torriti, Italian painter, lived in the 13th century. There are no any documents about his life. In 1291 he signed the apse mosaics in the basilica St John Lateran in Rome, which was nearly all redone in 1878. The mosaics of apse in Santa Maria Maggiore Incoronazione and Storie della Vergine was executed in 1295. Torriti probably participated in execution of some...

Trevisani, Francesco (1656-1746)

Francesco Trevisani, Italian painter, was born in Capodistria in 1656 and died in Rome in 1746. He was a pupil of Venetian master A.Zanchi, but afterwards passed in the classicist environment of C.Maratta in Rome obtaining a great success as a painter of Altar pieces executed for numerous Roman churches: S.Silvestro in Capite (1697), S.Maria in Aracoeli (1729), as well as...

Italian Artists & Architects Bios List: Started With "U-V-W-X-Y-Z"

Given Names in Alphabetical Order - "U-V-W-X-Y-Z"

Udine, Giovanni da (1487-1564)

Giovanni Nanni, named Giovanni da Udine, Italian painter and architect, was born in Udine in 1487 and died in Rome in 1564. He was a pupil of Raphael, and was a specialist in fresco and stucco grotesque decorations, that he interpreted with the fine classicist taste and extraordinary creativity: Loggia di Raffaello (Vatican, 1517-1519); Villa Madama (Rome). In Rome he also...

Vaccaro, Giuseppe (1896-1969)

Giuseppe Vaccaro, Italian architect, was born and died in Bologna in 1896-1969. His best works were executed between two World Wars: ex Ministry of the Corporations (Rome, in collaboration with M.Piacentini), Palace of the Post Office (Naples, in collaboration), colony AGIP (Cesenatico), School of engineering (Bologna). Among the works created after the WWII are: Chiesa di S....

Vaga, Perin del (1501-1547) Pietro Bonaccorsi

Pietro Bonaccorsi, named Perin del Vaga, Italian painter, was born in Florence in 1501 and died in Rome in 1547. Being young he studied and worked in the Florentine workshop of Ridolfo Ghirlandaio with the teacher named Vaga. In 1517 he went to Rome and started working in the workshop of Raphael, participating in decoration of Loggia in Vatican. He was a helper of Giovanni da...

Valadier, Giuseppe (1762-1839)

Giuseppe Valadier, Italian architect, urbanist and archeologist, was born and died in Rome in 1762-1839. He worked in Rome and other cities of the pontific state, he was one of the greatest neoclassic architects of Italy and built numerous constructions: Teatro Valle (1819); facade of the church San Rocco in Ripetta (1831), restored ancient monuemtns, among which are Ponte...

Valvassori, Gabriele (1683-1761)

Gabriele Valvassori, Italian architect, was born and died in Rome in 1683-1761. He studied in the Academy of San Luca; from 1715 was at the service of the Doria Pamphili family who ordered him execution of the High Altar in the church of Sant'Agnese in piazza Navona in 1721; the new facade of their palace in Via del Corso and its connection with the church of Santa Maria in...

Vanvitelli, Luigi (1700-1773)

Luigi Vanvitelli, Italian architect, engineer and painter, was born in Naples in 1700 and died in Caserta in 1773; the son of a Dutch painter Gaspard Van Wittel. He studied art, sciences and other subjects in Rome. He was a representative of the classicist tendency in art, where were used the elements of the ancient tradition, Italian Renaissance and Baroque. After being...

Vasanzio, Giovanni (1550-1621) (Jan Van Santen)

Jan Van Santen, named Giovanni Vasanzio, Dutch architect, engraver and carver, was born in Utrecht in 1550 and died in Rome in 1621. He brought into architecture the sharp decoration of the archeological origins, working at Casino Borghese in Rome and Villa Mondragone in Frascati.

Vasari, Giorgio (1511-1574)

Giorgio Vasari, Italian painter, architect and art writer, was born in Arezzo in 1511 and died in Florence in 1574. He worked as a painter in Florence in 1524 and in Rome in 1531. The travel to Venice in 1541 gave him an opportunity to know the frescoes by G.Romano, Correggio and Titian. Among the works of this period are: Madonna with the Child and Saints (church of Camaldoli...

Venusti, Marcello (1512/15-1579)

Marcello Venusti, Italian painter, was born in Como in 1512/1515 and died in Rome in 1579. His most famous works are: I Misteri del Rosario (Rome, S.Maria sopra Minerva); Pieta' (Rome, Gall.Borghese).

Verschaffelt, Pieter Van (1710-1793)

Pieter Van Verschaffelt, Flemish sculptor, was born in Gand in 1710 and died in Mannheim in 1793. He was a pupil of Bouchardon in Paris and since 1737 conducted his activity in Italy: the bronze angel on the top of Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome. In 1752 he settled in Mannheim where left his most important works: decoration of castle of Mannheim and of gardens of Schwetzingen;...

Vespignani, Virginio (1808-1882)

Virginio Vespignani, Italian architect, was born and died in Rome in 1808-1882. He was a pupil of L.Poletti and was very interested in ancient architecture; he was one of the most important architects of Roman classicistic academism. Among his works are: the outside facade of Porta Pia (1868, Rome), Porta San Pancrazio on the Janiculum Hill in Rome (1857); restoration of Santa...