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Baldassarre Peruzzi
 
 
 
Baldassarre Peruzzi, (born Jan. 15, 1481, Anciano, Republic of Siena [Italy]—died Jan. 6, 1536, Rome), Sienese architect and painter, one of the earliest artists to attempt illusionist architectural painting (quadratura), the extension of real architecture into imaginary space.

Peruzzi was a contemporary of Raphael and Donato Bramante. He began his career as a painter of frescoes in the Cappella San Giovanni in Siena’s cathedral. His first architectural work was the Villa Farnesina in Rome (1509–21), and he also assisted in the fresco decoration of this palace. On Raphael’s death, in 1520, Peruzzi was appointed one of the architects for St. Peter’s in Rome.

Among the many edifices attributed to Peruzzi, the most significant is probably the Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne (begun 1532) in Rome. To meet the challenge of an unusual site, Peruzzi curved the facade to match the road, organizing the design of the structure for its site rather than according to prevailing principles of central focus and vertical linkages between floors. The atrium was designed with reference to ancient Roman houses, as a reminder of the family’s long Roman heritage. Once a year, on March 16, the palace is open to the public as a commemoration of a miracle performed on that date in 1583 by the priest who became Saint Philip Neri.

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Baldassarre Peruzzi. Villa Farnesina, Rome
 
 
 
 

View of the Loggia di Galatea
1510-11
Fresco
Villa Farnesina, Rome





Ceiling decoration
c. 1511
Fresco
Villa Farnesina, Rome





Perseus and Pegasus
1510-11
Fresco
Villa Farnesina, Rome





Perspective view of the Sala delle Prospettive
1515-17
Fresco
Villa Farnesina, Rome





Perspective view of the Sala delle Prospettive
1515-17
Frescoes
Villa Farnesina, Rome





Perspective view of the Sala delle Prospettive
1515-17
Frescoes
Villa Farnesina, Rome





Decoration of the Sala delle Prospettive
1515-17
Frescoes
Villa Farnesina, Rome





Tomb of Pope Hadrian VI
1524-29
Marble
Santa Maria dell'Anima, Rome





Apollo and the Muses
1514-23
Oil on wood, 35 x 78 cm
Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence





Wall paintings
1504-06
Fresco
Sant'Onofrio, Rome






Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne
1532-36
Rome

 
 
 
 


Ceiling decoration (Volta Dorata)
c. 1519
Fresco
Palazzo della Cancellaria, Rome
 
 
 
 

Baltassare Peruzzi
Courtyard, Palazzo Massimi alle Colonne
1527
 
 
 

Baltassare Peruzzi
Androcles and the Lion
1530
 
 
 

Baltassare Peruzzi
Odysseus and the Daughters of Lycomedes
 
 
 

Baltassare Peruzzi
The Holy Family
 
 
 

Baltassare Peruzzi
Musee, Pan, Amphion et Marsyas
 
 
 

 
 
 
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