Udine, Giovanni da (1487-1564)

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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 conducted construction of some monumental fountains, now destroyed. After the sack of Rome in 1527 he worked in Florence (stuccoes in Sagrestia Nuova in S.Lorenzo) and in Venice (stucco decoration in Palazzo Grimani, circa 1540). After 1540 he worked as an architect in Udine (Torre dell'Orologio, fontana di Piazza Nuova) and in Cividale (S.Maria dei Battuti). Giovanni returned in Rome for the last time in 1560 to depict the 3rd floor of Logge Vaticane.

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