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. His soft lead drawings are particularly distinctive. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Francesco Borromini has received more than 337,910 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Francesco Borromini is the 18th most popular architect, the 15th most popular biography from Switzerland (up 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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Among architects, Francesco Borromini ranks 18 out of 424Before him are Walter Gropius, Alvar Aalto, Frank Lloyd Wright, Oscar Niemeyer, Norman Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. After him are Zaha Hadid, Louis Sullivan, Otto Wagner, Victor Horta, Frank Gehry, and Adolf Loos.

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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, Ottavio Piccolomini, Stefan Czarniecki, Andrea Sacchi, Pieter van Laer, Christian the Younger of Brunswick, and Robert Blake. Among people deceased in 1667, Francesco Borromini ranks 2Before him is Pope Alexander VII. After him are Gabriël Metsu, Marie Louise Gonzaga, Fatma Sultan, Johann Jakob Froberger, Peter of Saint Joseph de Betancur, Alonzo Cano, Countess Louise Henriette of Nassau, Peter Snayers, Nicolas Sanson, and Thomas de Keyser.

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In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Francesco Borromini ranks 15 out of 749Before him are Huldrych Zwingli (1484), Paul Klee (1879), Jean-Paul Marat (1743), Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (1746), Sepp Blatter (1936), and Alberto Giacometti (1901). After him are Johanna Spyri (1827), Albert Hofmann (1906), Johann Bernoulli (1667), Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein (1945), Bruno Ganz (1941), and Carl Spitteler (1845).

Among ARCHITECTS In Switzerland

Among architects born in Switzerland, Francesco Borromini ranks 2Before him are Le Corbusier (1887). After him are Carlo Maderno (1556), Domenico Fontana (1543), Peter Zumthor (1943), Mario Botta (1943), Hannes Meyer (1889), Max Bill (1908), Carlo Fontana (1638), Pietro Lombardo (1435), Adolphe Appia (1862), and Pierre Jeanneret (1896).