Grassi, Orazio (1583-1654)

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Orazio Grassi, Italian architect, astronomer, sculptor and mathematician, was born in Savona in 1583 and died in Rome 1654. He was a Jesuit and became famous mostly after his polemics with Galilei about the nature of comets, supporting the idea that they were real and proper space bodies. He worked as an architect in his hometown (Cathedral of Savona) and in Rome, where conducted construction of the Chiesa di S.Ignazio, and participated in decoration of Chiesa del Gesu', both belonging to the Jesuit order.

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