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Bartolomeo Ammanati - Italian Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Bartolomeo Ammanati (1511 - 1592)

Bartolommeo Ammanati was born in Florence and soon became one of the city’s most prominent sculptors and architects. Working in the Mannerist style, his sculpture was primarily influenced by Michelangelo and Sansovino. One of his most outstanding achievements was the fountain in the Piazza della Signoria, Florence. Ammanati received this commission over other respected sculptors including Cellini and Giambologna. Later in his life he adopted the views of the Counter-Reformation and denounced his previous works for their incorporation of nude figures.

He was more distinguished in architecture than in sculpture. He designed many buildings in Rome, which included work at the Villa Giulia complex (in collaboration with Vignola and Vasari), also at Lucca and Florence. His work at the completion of Pitti Palace, commissioned by Eleonora of Toledo, wife of Cosimo I, is one of his most celebrated achievements (1558-1570), respecting the original style of Filippo Brunelleschi.

He was also employed in 1569 to build the beautiful bridge over the Arno, known as Ponte Santa Trinita and one of his most celebrated works. The three arches are elliptic, and though very light and elegant, have resisted the fury of the river, which has swept away several other bridges at different times. It was destroyed in 1944, during World War II, and rebuilt in 1957.

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