Italian Artists & Architects

Ferrata, Ercole (1610-1686)

Ercole Ferrata, Italian sculptor, was born in Pellio Inferiore, Como in 1610 and died in Rome in 1686. Being very active in Rome, he was in contact with Algardi and Bernini, and with the latter collaborated a lot. His technical abilities in treatment of material (Sant'Agnese in the church of Sant'Agnese in Rome), and pliability in connecting exuberance of Bernini and...

Ferri, Ciro (1634-1689)

Ciro Ferri, Italian painter, was born and died in Rome in 1634-1689. He was a pupil and helper of Pietro da Cortona, and finished the interrupted works of his master: frescoes in Sala di Saturno (Palazzo Puti, Florence, 1659-1665), imitating his style with a great fidelity. Among Ferri's the best works are: Allegorie (Villa Falconieri in Frascati); Gloria del Paradiso (dome of...

Fiesole, Mino da (1429-1484)

Mino da Fiesole, Italian sculptor, was born in Poggi in 1429 and died in Florence in 1484. He was a pupil of Antonio Rossellino and Desiderio da Settignano. In the beginning he was working as a portraitist in Florence (bust of Piero de'Medici (1453, Florence, Mus.del Bargello)), in Rome (bust of Nicolo'Strozzi (1454, Berlin, Staatl.Mus.)), and in Naples (Astrologer Manfredi (...

Fiori, Mario dei (1603-1673)

Mario Nuzzi, named Mario dei Fiori, Italian painter, was born in Penna Fermana in 1603 and died in Rome in 1673. He obtained the great success as a painter of still-life, specialized in flower (fiori) themes, so that his name was given to a Roman street on which he lived (close to Piazza di Spagna): Mario dei Fiori while painting (in collaboration with M.G.Morandi, 1660,...

Fontana, Carlo (1634-1714) (grandson of Domenico Fontana)

Carlo Fontana, Italian architect, was born in Brusata in 1634 and died in Rome in 1714; he was one of he members of the famous artistic family Fontana. His most famous works are Santa Margherita in Trastevere, San Biagio in Campitelli, facade of San Marcello al Corso (1683). The research of balance between classics and clearness of composition in his works, was the base of all...

Fontana, Domenico (1543-1607)

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...

Fontana, Francesco (1668-1708) (son of Carlo Fontana)

Francesco Fontana, Italian architect and theorist, was born in Rome in 1668 and died in Castelgandolfo in 1708; he was the son of Carlo Fontana. Being a professor in the Accademia di San Luca, he contributed, together with his father, to the project of giving the Academy the new seat on Campidoglio. Among the works executed by him are noted the reconstruction of the wooden...

Fontana, Giovanni (1540-1614) (brother of Domenico Fontana)

Giovanni Fontana, Italian architect and engineer, was born in Melide, Lugano in 1540 and died in Rome in 1614. He was a brother of Domenico Fontana and was his helper in Rome; later was working together with C.Maderno. Being an excellent hydraulic engineer, he arranged in different locations the courses of rivers around Rome and conducted construction of an aqueduct of Paul V...

Forli', Melozzo da (1438-1494)

Melozzo degli Ambrosi, named Melozzo da Forli', Italian painter, was born and died in Forli' in 1438-1494. There is no news about his education and first artistic activity, but it is supposed that he was a student and a follower of Piero della Francesca, who's works he studied thoroughly staying in Urbino in 1465-1475. In 1477 he depicted in Vatican Library a fresco Sixtus IV...

Fracassini, Cesare (1838-1868)

Cesare Fracassini, Italian painter, was born in Orvieto in 1838 and died in Rome in 1868. He was a pupil of Minardi, and depicted the altar paintings: I martiri gorcomiesi (Vatican, Pin.) and frescoes in the Roman churches: Vita dei santi Lorenzo e Srefano (San Lorenzo fuori le mura).

Francesca, Piero della (1415/1420-1492)

Piero della Francesca, Italian painter, was born and died in Borgo San Sepolcro, Arezzo in 1415/1420 - 1492. His first noted works show the deep knowledge of Tuscanian art of the beginning of the 15th century, that is why it could be supposed that Piero lived in Florence for a long period, but documents fixed only one year, 1439, when he participated together with Domenico...

Francia (c1450-1517) (Francesco Raibolini)

Francesco Raibolini, named Francia, Italian painter and goldsmith, was born and died in Bologna in c1450 - 1517. There is nearly no news about his activity as a goldsmith, and it is uncertain his artistic formation. His first work was Crucifixion (Mus.Civico, Bologna), probably influenced by study of Ferrara's masters like Ercole de'Roberti and Lorenzo Costa. In the end of the...

Fuga, Ferdinando (1699-1781)

Ferdinando Fuga, Italian architect, was born in Florence in 1699 and died in Rome in 1781. He was a pupil of G.B.Foggini, and in 1717 moved to Rome, where completed his artistic formation learning on the greatest Baroque examples. His first important work was realized in Naples, the chapel in Palazzo Cellamare (1726-1727), with rich decorations and scenography. After return to...

Funi, Achille (1890-1972)

Achille Funi, Italian painter, was born in Ferrara in 1890 and died in Milan 1972. He was a pupil of C.Tallone in Milan, and was one of the founders of the group "The 20th century" (1914). His most noted works are: Venus in love (1928, Milan, Gall.d'Arte Mod.), frescoes in Monza and Milan (Palazzo di Giustizia, Saving Bank of Milan, 1930-40), fresco Myth of Ferrara (Palazzo...

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

Given Names in Alphabetical Order - "G"