Porta, Giacomo della (1533-1602)

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Giacomo della Porta, Italian architect and sculptor, was born in Genoa in 1533 and died in Rome in 1602. After work in Genoa in the church of Annunziata dei frati minori between 1565-1570, he moved to Rome and worked here and in Latium. Porta was a pupil and a follower of Vignola, continued numerous unfinished works of his teacher and some of them were executed in collaboration with Michelangelo: facade and stairs of the Palazzo Senatorio on the Capitoline Hill, the highest loggia in Palazzo Farnese; the dome in St Peter's where the original Michelangelo's design was a bit modified (this work made Giacomo famous); the dome, chapels of Madonna and St Francesco, facade in the church of Gesu'.

The other creations in religious architecture: the facade of San Luigi dei Francesi, the churches of Madonna dei Monti, di Sant'Atanasio dei Greci, San Giovanni dei Fiorentini; and in civic architecture: palaces Maffei, Aldobrandini, palaces on the piazza Capmitelli, Collegio Clementino, courtyard of the Palazzo della Sapienza, Villa Aldobrandini in Frascati. Apart these numerous works were also projected and built some of the most beautiful fountains located on the most famous Roman squares.

Giacomo Della Porta was a member of Accademia di San Luca, official architect of the Church and Roman nobility, conducted for circa 30 years the works in St Peter's. Together with the other greatest Italian architects he changed and embellished the city of Rome and fixed the definite schemes of some types in architecture (a palace, a facade of a church, a villa).

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