Gaetano Matteo Pisoni, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Gaetano Matteo Pisoni

Swiss-Italian architect

Date of Birth: 18-Jul-1713

Place of Birth: Ascona, Switzerland

Date of Death: 04-Mar-1782

Profession: architect

Nationality: Switzerland

Zodiac Sign: Cancer

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About Gaetano Matteo Pisoni

  • Gaetano Matteo Pisoni (July 18, 1713 – March 4, 1782) was an Italian architect born at Ascona, who worked in a somewhat chilly academic Late Baroque manner that lies on the cusp of the latest Baroque classicising manner and Neoclassical architecture.
  • Pisoni is known especially for two small cathedrals built in an uncompromising Italian manner that makes each of them stand out in its urban context.
  • One is St Aubin's Cathedral (built 1751-1767), in Namur, Belgium.
  • The other is the larger St.
  • Ursus' Cathedral (built 1763-1773), in Solothurn, Switzerland; it was completed by Pisoni's nephew and collaborator, Paolo Antonio Pisoni (1738-1804).
  • The churches have similar interiors, of an unrelieved white, with rich architectural members and a richly sculptured frieze that runs entirely round. The cathedral chapter at Namur, intent on rebuilding their aged and cramped cathedral, which had recently been damaged in a flood, turned to Pisoni in part because was he was at work in Brussels, effecting alterations in the palace of the governor, Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine, and thus had a local reputation .Pisoni died at Locarno.
  • Gaetano Matteo Pisoni also built the St Jean's collegiate church in Liège Collégiale Saint-Jean-en-l'isle de Liège, with an exceptional plan making of this church a unique and remarkable element of the Belgian architectural heritage.

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