Giovanni Battista Gisleni

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Detail of Gisleni's grave in the church of Santa Maria del Popolo in Rome.
The Biaroza monastery - painting by Napoleon Orda

Giovanni Battista Gisleni (Jan Baptysta Gisleni, Gislenius, Ghisleni) (1600 – 3 May 1672) was an Italian Baroque architect, stage designer, theater director, singer, and musician at the Polish royal court.

Gisleni was born and died in Rome. He served three Polish kings of the Vasa dynasty: Zygmunt III Waza, Władysław IV Waza and Jan II Kazimierz, during the years 1630-1668. Gisleni's grave in the church of Santa Maria del Popolo in Rome, is in the form of a memento mori, showing an intricately carved skeleton figure of Death.

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  • Varii disegni d'architettura inventati e delineati da Gio:Battista Gisleni Romano architetto delle MMta et Sermo Prencipe di Polonia e Sueta Sir John Soane's Museum, London - 116 mostly unrealized projects
  • 12 drawings. Milan, Castello Sforzesco.
  • Architectural projects by Gisleni and other architects. Dresden, Kupferstichkab.; Skizzenbuch des G. Chiaveri.

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