Ligorio, Pirro (circa 1510-1583)

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Pirro Ligorio, Italian architect, painter, art writer and antique dealer, was born in Naples in circa1510 and died in Ferrara in 1583. Being in Rome since 1534, he took the theme of storic events for his paintings and made grotesque decorations. In 1549 he began the excavations of the Villa Adriana in the city of Tivoli, charged by Ippolito II d'Este. In 1553 he published the book Libro delle antichita' di Roma. For the same Ippolito, Ligorio projected brilliant Villa d'Este in Tivoli (1550-1572), which garden, with its fountains, stairs and pavilions, was one of the first and most famous examples of gardens "all'italiana", the masterpiece of the ingenious, scenographic and decorative fantasy of Ligorio. He put the same kind of ideas in construction of Casino di Pio IV in Rome (1559-1562), where realized also the Palazzo Torres-Lancellotti and the niche of the courtyard of Belvedere. In 1568 he moved to Ferrara at the court of Este, where continued his studies of ancient culture.

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