By Anne Leader

Antonio di Francesco di Bartolo Giamberti, known as Antonio da Sangallo the Elder, died on 27 December 1534. Though completed after his death, the church of San Biagio outside Montepulciano is Antonio’s best known project. Work began in 1518, and Antonio made many drawings related to its design and construction. Antonio derived inspiration from S. Maria delle Carceri in Prato, designed by his brother Giuliano. San Biagio is built on a Greek-cross plan and exemplifies the taste for centrally-planned churches in the early sixteenth century.

Reference: Caroline Elam, et al. “Sangallo, da.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. 

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