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Notes from the Italian Art Society, promoting the study of the architecture and visual arts of Italy, from prehistory to the present day.

Baroque architect Francesco Borromini died on this day in 1667. Renowned for his inventive architectural design and rivalry with Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Borromini’s Roman churches epitomize the High Baroque with their spectacular, theatrical, and organic designs, like those for San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane and Sant’Ivo. Other important projects include the Oratory of S. Filippo Neri, the Lateran Basilica, the Palazzo Barberini, and Sant’Agnese in Agone (after 1652) opposite Bernini’s Four Rivers Fountain (1651) in Piazza Navona.

For more on Borromini, see Peter Stein. “Borromini, Francesco.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. Web. <http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/article/grove/art/T010190>.

Some sources give his date of death as August 3.

(Source: commons.wikimedia.org)

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