Giacomo Della Porta

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Porta, Giacomo Della


Born circa 1540 in Rome; died there in 1602. Italian architect.

Delia Porta was a student of Michelangelo and was influenced by Vignola. He worked mainly in Rome. Delia Porta departed from the principles of Renaissance architecture, preferring more tense spatial solutions and stressing dynamic volumes. He superintended the construction of St. Peter’s Church from 1573, erecting the major dome (1586–93) in the form of an ellipse, modifying Michelangelo’s design. On the basis of Vignola’s plan, della Porta completed the church of II Gesù and in 1575 created its baroque facade, which became the model for numerous Catholic churches in the 17th and 18th centuries. From 1563 to 1590, della Porta took part in the construction of the group of buildings on the Capitoline Hill in Rome. His original works include the university in Rome, or the Sapienza (begun c. 1575), and the Villa Aldobrandini in Frascati (1598–1600), which was completed by C. Fontana.

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The 17,000-square-foot Roman mansion called the Palazzetto is in Rome and was built in the 16th century by legendary sculptor Giacomo Della Porta - a famous collaborator of Michelangelo.
Michelangelo is credited with the design of the Basilica's dome, completed by Giacomo della Porta between 1580 and 1585.
Peter's Basilica / Photo by Giacomo della Porta - Wolfgang Stuck (Own work), September 2004.
There is Brunelleschi's polygonal brick dome over the Duomo in Florence (44m), soon followed by the dome and drum raised over the new St Peter's Basilica in Rome, finally achieved by Michelangelo and Giacomo della Porta. This, at 41.4m, is a little smaller than Brunelleschi's but, at 136.5m from the floor, is the tallest in the world.
The palace was begun by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger around 1513 to 1514 for then Cardinal Alessandro Farnese (1468-1549) and expanded for the Pope by Michelangelo and then completed by Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola, and Giacomo della Porta. The massive and imposing edifice pronounced Paul III's "triple Eminence" as the Pope, a Roman citizen ruling the city and as the head of an illustrious family and dynasty.
Giacomo della Porta, who had earlier provided the damning technical recommendation to the Gonzaga agent, changed his mind by the end of Francesco's career and was calling him one of the two best architects in Rome.(68) By 1590 Francesco had been considered a capable architect already for some years, and was not short of work.
29 The report was made by Giacomo della Porta. For the agent's understanding of architectural skills, see Bertollotti, 1885, n.