Jacopo Sansovino (Dictionary of World Biography: Renaissance)
Article abstract: Sansovino was the first architect to bring Renaissance classical ideas of architecture into a successful conjunction with the Venetian Byzantine-Gothic style, resulting in buildings in the Piazza San Marco which were to confirm its reputation as one of the greatest architectural developments in the world.
Jacopo Sansovino was born in Florence. His original name was Jacopo Tatti, but he later took the name Sansovino in honor of his master, the sculptor Andrea Sansovino, whose wall tombs were deeply admired and imitated throughout the sixteenth century. Jacopo Sansovino’s early training was, therefore, as a sculptor, and his early reputation was confined to that discipline. He worked in Florence and, particularly, in Rome and was a close associate of many of the great artists of the high Renaissance, many of whom were adept in more than one artistic discipline. It was not, in fact, unusual at the time for an artist to work with considerable distinction at painting, sculpture, and architecture, and Sansovino’s contemporaries, who included Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donato Bramante, would provide the model for a young sculptor eager to try his hand at other forms of artistic expression. Sansovino had done some architectural work in Florence at the Duomo in 1515, but it was only for a temporary, decorative façade to mark the visit of Pope Leo X to the city. In Rome, he began two churches,...
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