Famous 16th Century Architects

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Michelangelo
(Regarded as the Most Accomplished Artist of His Era (High Renaissance))
Michelangelo
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Birthdate: March 6, 1475
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Caprese Michelangelo, Italy
Died: February 18, 1564

Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet Michelangelo was a prominent figure of the High Renaissance. He is credited to have influenced the Western art in unprecedented ways. He is widely regarded as the greatest artist of his age and one of the greatest artists of all time. He was equally revered and respected as an architect.

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Andrea Palladio
(Architect)
Andrea Palladio
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Birthdate: November 30, 1508
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Padua, Italy
Died: August 19, 1580

Andrea Palladio was an Italian architect remembered for designing villas, country houses, palaces, and churches. Widely regarded as one of the most influential architects in the history of architecture, Palladio designed 23 buildings in Vicenza and 24 villas in Veneto. Together, they are known as the City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto as named by UNESCO.

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El Greco
(Greek Painter, Sculptor and Architect of the Spanish Renaissance)
El Greco
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Birthdate: October 1, 1541
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Heraklion, Greece
Died: April 7, 1614
Artist Doménikos Theotokópoulos never let anyone forget his Greek heritage and almost always signed his art in Greek letters. Popularly known as El Greco, he was a significant figure of the Spanish Renaissance. His best-known works remain The Burial of the Count of Orgaz and The Assumption of the Virgin.
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Giorgio Vasari
(Artist and Author Best Known for His Biographies of Italian Artists)
Giorgio Vasari
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Birthdate: July 30, 1511
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Arezzo, Italy
Died: June 27, 1574

Giorgio Vasari was an Italian architect, painter, writer, engineer, and historian. He is best remembered for his work The Lives, a series of artist biographies, which is regarded as the art-historical writing's ideological foundation. Vasari is also credited with the formulation of the term Renaissance as it was first suggested by Jules Michelet based on Giorgio Vasari's text.

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Raphael
(Italian Painter and Architect of the High Renaissance)
Raphael
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Birthdate: April 6, 1483
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Urbino, Italy
Died: April 6, 1520

Italian painter and architect Raphael, along with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, formed the great trio who ushered in the High Renaissance. He is mostly known for his frescoes of the Vatican Palace and The School of Athens. He also designed the Chigi Chapel, among other structures in Rome.

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Carlo Maderno
(Architect)
Carlo Maderno
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Birthdate: 1556 AD
Birthplace: Capolago
Died: January 30, 1629
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Giacomo della Porta
(Italian Architect and Sculptor)
Giacomo della Porta
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Birthdate: 1532 AD
Birthplace: Porlezza, Italy
Died: 1602 AD

Italian architect Giacomo della Porta was instrumental in the transition of Mannerism to early Baroque style. Born into a family of sculptors, he grew up to become a Roman renaissance figure. He also designed palaces such as Villa Aldobrandini and structures such as the façade of the Church of Gesù.

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Giulio Romano
(Architect)
Giulio Romano
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Birthdate: 1499 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: November 1, 1546
Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola
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Birthdate: October 1, 1507
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vignola, Italy
Died: July 7, 1573
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Baldassarre Peruzzi
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Birthdate: March 7, 1481
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Siena, Italy
Died: January 6, 1536
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Sedefkar Mehmed Agha
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Birthdate: 1540 AD
Birthplace: Elbasan, Albania
Died: 1617 AD
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Jacopo Sansovino
(Italian Renaissance Sculptor and Architect Who Introduced the Style of the High Renaissance into Venice)
Jacopo Sansovino
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Birthdate: July 2, 1486
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: November 27, 1570

One of the leading sculptors and architects of the Venetian Renaissance era, Jacopo Sansovino specialized in marble and bronze sculptures. An acquaintance of Pietro Aretino and Titian, he was also made the chief architect of Venice. As a sign of respect, he had adopted his teacher Andrea Sansovino’s surname.

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François Mansart
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Birthdate: January 23, 1598
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 23, 1666

François Mansart was a French architect who introduced classicism into French Baroque architecture. Widely regarded as the most accomplished French architect of the 17th century, Mansart's works are celebrated for their high degree of elegance, subtlety, and refinement. François Mansart is also credited with popularizing the mansard roof, which creates an extra floor of habitable space in a building.

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Nicola Salvi
(Architect)
Nicola Salvi
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Birthdate: August 6, 1697
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: February 8, 1751
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Federico Zuccari
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Birthdate: 1539 AD
Birthplace: Sant'Angelo in Vado, Italy
Died: July 20, 1609
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Bernardo Buontalenti
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Birthdate: December 15, 1531
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: June 6, 1608
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Baha' al-din al-'Amili
(Iranian Mathematician, Theologian, Philosopher and Astronomers)
Baha' al-din al-'Amili
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Birthdate: February 18, 1547
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Baalbek, Lebanon
Died: September 1, 1621

Baha' al-din al-'Amili was an Arab Iranian Shia philosopher, Islamic scholar, architect, astronomer, mathematician, and poet who flourished in Safavid Iran during the late 16th and early 17th century. Baha' al-din al-'Amili was one of the first astronomers in the Islamic world to advocate the possibility of the Earth's movement before the outspread of the Copernican theory.

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Juan de Herrera
(Architect)
Juan de Herrera
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Birthdate: 1530 AD
Birthplace: Roiz, Spain
Died: January 15, 1597
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Jean Goujon
(French Renaissance Sculptor and Architect)
Jean Goujon
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Birthdate: 1510 AD
Birthplace: Normandy, France
Died: 1565 AD

Jean Goujon was a French architect and sculptor who served under Henry II of France in the 1540s. Goujon's style influenced several artists of the School of Fontainebleau and also had an impact on the decorative arts. Some of his most popular works include Fountain of the Innocents and allegories on the facade of the Louvre.

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Philibert de l'Orme
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Birthdate: June 3, 1514
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: January 8, 1570
One of the most significant 16th-century Renaissance architects, Philibert de l'Orme popularized the Mannerism style of architecture. The son of a stonemason, he excavated during his younger days. He served as the royal architect of Henry II, though most of his creations were later destroyed.
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Hendrick de Keyser
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Birthdate: May 15, 1565
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
Died: May 15, 1621
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Bartolomeo Ammannati
(Italian Architect and Sculptor)
Bartolomeo Ammannati
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Birthdate: June 18, 1511
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Settignano, Italy
Died: April 13, 1592

Bartolomeo Ammannati was an Italian sculptor and architect. He is credited with constructing the original Ponte Santa Trinita, which was rebuilt in 1957 after its destruction during the Second World War. A respected architect of his time, Bartolomeo Ammannati was commissioned to work on several ambitious projects including the Fountain of Neptune in Florence. 

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Camillo Agrippa
(Mathematician)
Camillo Agrippa
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Birthdate: 1520 AD
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: January 1, 1600

Camillo Agrippa was a renowned 16th-century swordfighter who redefined the art of combat by applying geometric principles to it. He apparently also inspired the Spanish swordfight Destreza. Agrippa was also a skilled architect and mathematician. His written works include Treatise on the Science of Arms with Philosophical Dialogue.

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Alonso Berruguete
(Spanish Painter, Sculptor and Architect Known for His Emotive Sculptures Depicting Religious Ecstasy or Torment)
Alonso Berruguete
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Birthdate: 1490 AD
Birthplace: Paredes de Nava, Spain
Died: August 31, 1561

Mannerist sculptor and artist Alonso Berruguete is one of the greatest figures of the Spanish Renaissance. He was initially trained by his painter father Pedro Berruguete and grew up to be a master of wood sculptures. He had also briefly been the court painter of Charles V.

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Jacob van Campen
(Architect)
Jacob van Campen
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Birthdate: February 2, 1596
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Died: May 9, 1657
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Ludovico Cigoli
(Artist and poet)
Ludovico Cigoli
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Birthdate: September 21, 1559
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cigoli, Italy
Died: June 8, 1613
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Francesco Primaticcio
(Italian Mannerist Painter, Architect and Sculptor)
Francesco Primaticcio
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Birthdate: April 30, 1504
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: 1570 AD

Francesco Primaticcio was an Italian painter, sculptor, and architect. Along with Rosso Fiorentino, Primaticcio was counted among the principal artists to showcase their skills at the Chateau Fontainebleau. After Rosso Fiorentino's death, Francesco Primaticcio oversaw the artistic activities at Fontainebleau. He also served as the court painter under Francis II and Henry II.

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Pirro Ligorio
(Architect)
Pirro Ligorio
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Birthdate: 1512 AD
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: October 30, 1583
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Fra Giovanni Giocondo
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Birthdate: 1433 AD
Birthplace: Verona, Italy
Died: 1515 AD
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Pellegrino Tibaldi
(Italian Architect, Sculptor and Mural Painter)
Pellegrino Tibaldi
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Birthdate: 1527 AD
Birthplace: Puria, Italy
Died: May 27, 1596

Pellegrino Tibaldi was an Italian mannerist sculptor, architect, and mural painter. Tibaldi is credited with painting frescoes of the Story of Ulysses found at the Palazzo Poggi and scenes from Moses' life in Rome's Palazzo Sacchetti. He is also credited with teaching several future painters like Girolamo Miruoli, Lorenzo Sabbatini, and Orazio Samacchini.

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Baldassare Longhena
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Birthdate: 1598 AD
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: February 18, 1682
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Antonio da Ponte
(Architect)
Antonio da Ponte
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Birthdate: 1512 AD
Birthplace: Switzerland
Died: March 20, 1597
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Salomon de Brosse
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Birthdate: 1571 AD
Birthplace: Verneuil, France
Died: December 9, 1626

Salomon de Brosse was a French architect who worked during the early 17th-century. An influential personality, De Brosse's works had a major influence on the works of another important architect, François Mansart. Counted among the most important architects of his generation, Salomon De Brosse was commissioned to design ambitious projects, such as the Luxembourg Palace in Paris.

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Nicola Sabbatini
(Architect)
Nicola Sabbatini
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Birthdate: 1574 AD
Birthplace: Pesaro, Italy
Died: December 25, 1654
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Jean Bullant
(Architect)
Jean Bullant
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Birthdate: 1515 AD
Birthplace: Amiens, France
Died: October 13, 1578

Jean Bullant was a French sculptor and architect best remembered for designing and building the tombs of influential personalities like Henri II, Anne, Duke of Montmorency, and Catherine de' Medici. Bullant also worked on some of the most important and iconic structures like the Tuileries Palace, the Château d'Écouen, and the Louvre Museum.

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Thomas de Keyser
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Birthdate: 1596 AD
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: 1667 AD
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Michele Sanmicheli
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Birthdate: 1484 AD
Birthplace: Isola di San Michele, Venice, Italy
Died: 1559 AD
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Wolf Huber
(German Painter, Printmaker, and Architect)
Wolf Huber
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Birthdate: 1485 AD
Birthplace: Feldkirch, Austria
Died: June 3, 1553

Wolf Huber was an Austrian printmaker, painter, and architect who lived and worked in Germany for many years. An important member of the popular Danube school, Huber served as a court painter. His works influenced other artists, including his contemporary Augustin Hirschvogel.

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Bramantino
(Painter)
Bramantino
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Birthdate: 1456 AD
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: 1530 AD
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Pietro Lombardo
(Sculptor)
Pietro Lombardo
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Birthdate: 1435 AD
Birthplace: Carona, Lugano, Switzerland
Died: 1515 AD

Pietro Lombardo was an Italian Renaissance sculptor and architect. His early works have a distinct Florentine influence, while his later works seem to be inspired by northern ideas. His sons, Tullio and Antonio, were also respected sculptors of the time. Lombardo collaborated with his sons to sculpt many Venetian tombs, including those of  Dante Alighieri and Doge Pasquale Malipiero. 

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Diego Siloe
(Architect)
Diego Siloe
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Birthdate: 1495 AD
Birthplace: Burgos, Spain
Died: October 22, 1563

Diego Siloe was a Spanish Renaissance architect and sculptor. He is considered a progenitor of the Granadan school of sculpture. Not much is known about him, but it is believed he was the son of the Spanish-Flemish Gothic sculptor Gil de Siloé. The Cathedral of Granada and the tomb of Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba are considered his greatest works. 

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Jean Perréal
(French Architect and Sculptor)
Jean Perréal
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Birthdate: 1455 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1530 AD

Jean Perréal was a French portraitist who worked for French Royalty during the 16th century. A multi-talented personality, Jean Perréal was also a sculptor, architect, and limner of illuminated manuscripts. During his successful career, Jean Perréal worked for prominent and influential personalities like King Charles VIII, Charles of Bourbon, Francis I, and Louis XII. He also designed tombs and medals.

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Cornelis Floris de Vriendt
(Belgian Sculptor)
Cornelis Floris de Vriendt
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Birthdate: 1514 AD
Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium
Died: October 20, 1575

Cornelis Floris de Vriendt was a Flemish sculptor, draughtsman, architect, designer of prints, and medallist. He ran an influential and large workshop in Antwerp and is credited with designing portions of the Antwerp City Hall. Cornelis Floris de Vriendt had a significant impact on the progression of architecture and sculpture in the 16th and 17th century Northern Europe.

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Giovanni Maria Falconetto
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Birthdate: 1468 AD
Birthplace: Verona, Italy
Died: 1535 AD
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Giovanni Battista Crespi
(Italian Painter, Sculptor, and Architect)
Giovanni Battista Crespi
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Birthdate: December 23, 1573
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Italy
Died: October 23, 1632

Giovanni Battista Crespi was an Italian sculptor, painter, and architect. Although he was born in Romagnano Sesia, he moved to Cerano where his works were much appreciated. He went on to serve as the head of the Accademia Ambrosiana and taught many future painters like Melchiorre Gherardini, Carlo Francesco Nuvolone, and Daniele Crespi.

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Andrea Riccio
(Sculptor)
Andrea Riccio
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Birthdate: 1470 AD
Birthplace: Padua, Italy
Died: 1532 AD

Andrea Riccio was an Italian sculptor best remembered for making small, practical objects like door knockers and inkwells. Many of his works are preserved in churches and museums, including the Louvre and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Also an occasional architect, Riccio is credited with working on the church of Santa Giustina, which is located in Padua, Italy.  

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Damià Forment
(Architect)
Damià Forment
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Birthdate: 1480
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Valencia, Spain
Died: 1540 AD

Regarded as Spain’s most significant sculptors of the 16th century, Damià Forment is remembered for his huge altars and alabaster masterpieces. His works mingled Gothic and Renaissance elements. He is also considered one of the first to introduce Spain to Mannerist art. His works adorn the Huesca Cathedral among others.

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Juan Gil de Hontañón
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Birthdate: 1480 AD
Birthplace: Rasines, Spain
Died: May 11, 1531
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Baccio d'Agnolo
(Architect)
Baccio d'Agnolo
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Birthdate: May 19, 1462
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: March 6, 1543

Baccio d'Agnolo was an Italian Florentine woodcarver, sculptor, and architect. Starting his career as a woodcarver, he made extensive decorative carvings in the church of Santa Maria Novella and the Palazzo Vecchio. He later became a sculptor and also studied architecture. As an architect, he designed the Palazzo Borgherini-Rosselli del Turco. His three sons also followed in his footsteps. 

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Girolamo Rainaldi
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Birthdate: May 4, 1570
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: July 15, 1655