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Baccio d'Agnolo

baccio d'agnolo

Sculptor and architect
Florence 1462-1543

His real name was Bartolomeo Baglioni (Florence 1462-1543), sculptor and architect. He was originally a specialized wood carver like his father. Some of his early works of carving can still be seen among the choir stalls in Santa Maria Novella in Florence and in Sant'Agostino at Perugia. He then started working as an architect and collaborated with Antonio da Sangallo the Elder, on the work in the Santissima Annunziata and for the restoration of Palazzo Vecchio, including the addition of the Sala Grande. He was nominated master builder for the work on the Duomo from 1508 to 1515 but was sacked after criticism from Michelangelo.

palazzo bertolini salimbeni
Bartolini Salimbeni

He built Palazzo Taddei, the Belltowers of Santo Spirito and San Miniato, as well as the beautiful Palazzo Bartolini Salimbeni in Piazza Santa Trinita (1520), where a motto ìper non dormireî (so as not to sleep), also used by Gabriele D'Annunzio, was inscribed above the windows, inspired by a story that extols the shrewdness of a merchant from the Salimbeni family. His workshop became a meeting place for many of the artists of his time, among them Raphael and Michelangelo.

palazzo cocchi
Cocchi Serristori
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