Francesco Borromini

1599 - 1667

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Francesco Borromini (, Italian: [franˈtʃesko borroˈmiːni]), byname of Francesco Castelli (Italian: [kaˈstɛlli]; 25 September 1599 – 2 August 1667), was an Italian architect born in the modern Swiss canton of Ticino who, with his contemporaries Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Pietro da Cortona, was a leading figure in the emergence of Roman Baroque architecture. A keen student of the architecture of Michelangelo and the ruins of Antiquity, Borromini developed an inventive and distinctive, if somewhat idiosyncratic, architecture employing manipulations of Classical architectural forms, geometrical rationales in his plans and symbolic meanings in his buildings. He seems to have had a sound understanding of structures, which perhaps Bernini and Cortona, who were principally trained in other areas of the visual arts, lacked. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Francesco Borromini has received more than 420,685 page views. His biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Francesco Borromini is the 18th most popular architect, the 17th most popular biography from Switzerland (down from 16th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Swiss Architect.

Francesco Borromini is most famous for his work in architecture. He designed the Church of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, which is considered to be a masterpiece.

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Over the past year Francesco Borromini has had the most page views in the with 77,071 views, followed by English (46,334), and Spanish (31,414). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Slovenian (354.17%), Ido (110.24%), and Piedmontese (98.80%)


Among architects, Francesco Borromini ranks 18 out of 518Before him are Albert Speer, Walter Gropius, Oscar Niemeyer, Zaha Hadid, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Louis Sullivan. After him are Norman Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank, Georges-Eugène Haussmann, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Apollodorus of Damascus, Otto Wagner, and Renzo Piano.

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Among people born in 1599, Francesco Borromini ranks 5Before him are Diego Velázquez, Oliver Cromwell, Anthony van Dyck, and Pope Alexander VII. After him are Maria Eleonora of Brandenburg, Stefan Czarniecki, Christian the Younger of Brunswick, Adriaen van Utrecht, Pieter van Laer, Ottavio Piccolomini, and Andrea Sacchi. Among people deceased in 1667, Francesco Borromini ranks 2Before him is Pope Alexander VII. After him are Fatma Sultan, Gabriël Metsu, Marie Louise Gonzaga, Peter of Saint Joseph de Betancur, Johann Jakob Froberger, Alonzo Cano, Nicolas Sanson, Countess Louise Henriette of Nassau, Peter Snayers, and Cornelis van Poelenburgh.

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In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Francesco Borromini ranks 17 out of 1,015Before him are Huldrych Zwingli (1484), Jean-Paul Marat (1743), Paul Klee (1879), Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein (1945), Charles Albert Gobat (1843), and Johanna Spyri (1827). After him are Charles Édouard Guillaume (1861), Johann Bernoulli (1667), Alberto Giacometti (1901), Albert Hofmann (1906), Carl Spitteler (1845), and Élie Ducommun (1833).

Among ARCHITECTS In Switzerland

Among architects born in Switzerland, Francesco Borromini ranks 2Before him are Le Corbusier (1887). After him are Carlo Maderno (1556), Peter Zumthor (1943), Domenico Fontana (1543), Mario Botta (1943), Hannes Meyer (1889), Max Bill (1908), Bernard Tschumi (1944), Pietro Lombardo (1435), Carlo Fontana (1638), and Adolphe Appia (1862).