Francesco Borromini

1599 - 1667

Francesco Borromini

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 249,746 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 18th most popular architect.

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Among architects, Francesco Borromini ranks 18 out of 361Before him are Leon Battista Alberti, Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius, Oscar Niemeyer, Norman Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. After him are Louis Sullivan, I. M. Pei, Zaha Hadid, Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, Georges-Eugène Haussmann, and Otto Wagner.

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

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In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Francesco Borromini ranks 16 out of 540Before him are Sepp Blatter (1936), Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (1746), Ferdinand de Saussure (1857), Jean-Paul Marat (1743), Bruno Ganz (1941), and Albert Hofmann (1906). After him are Johann Bernoulli (1667), Johanna Spyri (1827), Charles Édouard Guillaume (1861), Albert I of Germany (1255), Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein (1945), and Jacob Burckhardt (1818).

Among ARCHITECTS In Switzerland

Among architects born in Switzerland, Francesco Borromini ranks 2Before him are Le Corbusier (1887). After him are Carlo Maderno (1556), Giacomo della Porta (1533), Domenico Fontana (1543), Peter Zumthor (1943), Mario Botta (1943), Hannes Meyer (1889), Max Bill (1908), Carlo Fontana (1638), Bernard Tschumi (1944), and Adolphe Appia (1862).