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Bramante, Donatolocked

(b Monte Asdrualdo [now Fermignano, Marches], ?1443–4; d Rome, April 11, 1514).
  • Paul Davies
  •  and David Hemsoll


Italian architect, painter and engineer. His esteemed reputation as the father of High Renaissance architecture rests on a series of projects initiated towards the end of his life in Rome, including the enormous extension to the Vatican Palace and the new plans for the rebuilding of St Peter’s. Although few of these buildings, even his masterpiece, the Tempietto, exist in the form in which they were conceived, it is still clear that they constituted a decisive departure from the traditions of the recent past. Due to his patron Pope ...

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