By Anne Leader

Baroque architect Francesco Borromini died on 2 August 1667, just shy of his sixty-eighth birthday. Renowned for his inventive architectural design and rivalry with Gianlorenzo Bernini, Borromini’s Roman churches epitomize the High Baroque with their spectacular, theatrical, and organic designs, like those for San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane and Sant’Ivo. Other important projects include the Oratory of S. Filippo Neri, the Lateran Basilica, the Palazzo Barberini, and Sant’Agnese in Agone (after 1652) opposite Bernini’s Four Rivers Fountain (1651) in Piazza NavonaSome sources give his date of death as August 3.

Reference: Peter Stein. “Borromini, Francesco.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. .

Sant’Ivo, Rome, exterior

Portrait of Borromini by an unknown artist

Sant’Ivo, Rome, interior of cupola

San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, Rome, exterior and interior dome

Sant’Agnese, Rome

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