Domenico Fontana


Also found in: Wikipedia.

Fontana, Domenico

 

Born 1543 in Melida, Switzerland; died 1607 in Naples. Early baroque Italian architect.

Fontana worked in Rome (1563–92) and Naples (from 1592). He designed the Lateran Palace in Rome (1586–90) and the Royal Palace in Naples (1600–02). His most important works were his city designs for Rome: the construction of Via Felice (present day Via Sistina and other streets) and the construction of several obelisks, including one on St. Peter’s Square. Fontana’s urban designs did much to establish the baroque conception of the city as a system of formal ensembles.

WORKS

Delia trasportatione dell’obelisco vaticano, parts 1–2. Rome-Naples, 1590–1604.

REFERENCE

Muñoz, A. D. Fontana. Rome-Bellinzona [1944].
References in periodicals archive ?
The second chapter focuses on Leonardo da Vinci, Michel Montaigne, and Domenico Fontana, the architect who coordinated hundreds of men, horses, and rope and pulley systems as part of a successful effort to re-erect a 300-ton obelisk in front of St.
Forty-two-year-old Domenico Fontana had been responsible for building a palace for Sixtus when he was a cardinal, and seemed to be in the box seat for the job the whole time.
Domenico Fontana entendio desde el primer momento que el edificio debia insertarse en la logica del programa urbanistico emprendido por Pedro de Toledo, encaminado a romper las murallas medievales y desplazar el eje de la ciudad hacia la gran avenida bautizada con el nombre del virrey.
Domenico Fontana habia traducido esta forma de entender la tarea de gobierno en un proyecto arquitectonico de espacios abiertos destinado tanto a alojar a los virreyes como a "dar contento ai Napoletani, che frequentavano ogni giorno quel loco" (26).
Basta comparar el encargo del conde de Lemos a Domenico Fontana con el que, casi por las mismas fechas, su mentor encomendaba a Francisco Gomez de Mora en la villa ducal de Lerma, para darse cuenta de hasta que extremo los resultados podian llegar a ser divergentes.
La misma designacion de Domenico Fontana para proyectar el nuevo palacio, provocando con ello las iras de otros arquitectos encabezados por Giovanni Battista Cavagna, habia constituido en su momento una decision plena de sentido (69).
For fifteen centuries they remained hidden, until an Italian engineer, Domenico Fontana (1543-1607), began tunneling under a hill in order to establish an aqueduct.