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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.

Carlo Maderno died on this day in 1629 in Rome, where he had risen to become one of city’s most important architects. Maderno is seen as a crucial link between the rather prosaic architectural style that dominated Rome at the end of the 16th century and the exciting developments of the Italian Baroque. He collaborated often and was a mentor to many, including the Baroque genius Francesco Borromini. Maderno worked on many of Rome’s major churches and palaces, as well as villas for the surrounding countryside. Among his best known works is the completion of St. Peter’s basilica, which included extending the western arm into a nave and completing the building’s facade.

Reference: Patricia Waddy. “Maderno, Carlo.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. <http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/article/grove/art/T052980>.

Commemorative stamp for the architect’s 400th anniversary, 1956

Plan for New St. Peter’s, 1603-25

Facade, St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, 1603-26

With Giovanni Fontana, Villa Aldobrandini, Frascati, Italy, early 17th century; image copyright Jon Bogen

Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome, 17th century; image: Alan Cole

S. Susanna, Rome, 1597–1603; photo credit: Scala/Art Resource, NY

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