Bernardo Buontalenti

Bernardo Buontalenti surnamed delle candelabra (* December 15, 1531 in Florence, † June 6, 1608 ) was an Italian painter, architect and engineer of the Renaissance theater. His work is attributable to the mannerism.


Bountalenti lost in 1547 during a flood his family, therefore, took the Duke Cosimo I de ' Medici to his. He studied under Francesco Salviati, Agnolo Bronzino, Giorgio Vasari and Giulio Clovio painting, sculpture and architecture, which latter he devoted himself mainly. In 1563 he accompanied Cosimo's son Francesco to Spain. On his return, he developed an extraordinary activity. He built for Francesco the pleasure palace Pratolino and was appointed superintendent of the buildings in the country. He helped in the completion of the Uffizi and the Palazzo Riccardi was built ( 1565), the later absorbed. Palazzo Nonfinito ( 1592), the Casino di Livia, the facade hall of the hospital of Santa Maria, the facade of Santa Trinita in Florence, the Grand Ducal Palace at Pisa, the Palazzo Reale in Siena and other works which, although they sometimes show sober view in which but the late Renaissance, the Baroque style are treated with admirable moderation. Bountalenti also worked as an engineer and put the fortifications of Belvedere in Florence, Portoferraio, Livorno, Grosseto, Pistoia, Prato and Naples. His innovative spirit has been used for the arrangement of festivities, and especially he designed the theatrical performances and Pompauszüge of the courtyard. Around him formed a nursery for architects, engineers and painters.

Pictures of Bernardo Buontalenti