Francesco Galli Bibiena

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Self portrait, now in the Uffizi in Florence
Section and ceiling of the original Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, ca. 1715-1720; drawing now in the Cooper–Hewitt, National Design Museum

Francesco Galli, called Francesco da Bibiena (or da Bibbiena), the younger brother of Ferdinando Galli, was born at Bologna in 1659. He first studied under Lorenzo Pasinelli; but he was afterwards instructed in the school of Carlo Cignani. His knowledge of architecture and perspective was considerable; but he excelled in figures. He worked successively for the Emperors Leopold I and Joseph I, and was invited to Madrid by Philip V, who appointed him his principal architect. He died in 1739.


This article incorporates text from the article "GALLI, Francesco" in Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers by Michael Bryan, edited by Robert Edmund Graves and Sir Walter Armstrong, an 1886–1889 publication now in the public domain.