Pietro da Cortona, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Pietro da Cortona

Italian painter and architect of the High Baroque (1596-1669)

Date of Birth: 01-Nov-1596

Place of Birth: Cortona, Tuscany, Italy

Date of Death: 16-May-1669

Profession: architect, painter

Nationality: Italy

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

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About Pietro da Cortona

  • Pietro da Cortona (Italian: ['pj??tro da (k)kor'to?na]; 1 November 1596 or 1597 – 16 May 1669) was an Italian Baroque painter and architect.
  • Along with his contemporaries and rivals Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Francesco Borromini, he was one of the key figures in the emergence of Roman Baroque architecture.
  • He was also an important designer of interior decorations. He was born Pietro Berrettini, but is primarily known by the name of his native town of Cortona in Tuscany.
  • He worked mainly in Rome and Florence.
  • He is best known for his frescoed ceilings such as the vault of the salone or main salon of the Palazzo Barberini in Rome and carried out extensive painting and decorative schemes for the Medici family in Florence and for the Oratorian fathers at the church of Santa Maria in Vallicella in Rome.
  • He also painted numerous canvases.
  • Only a limited number of his architectural projects were built but nonetheless they are as distinctive and as inventive as those of his rivals.

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