Giovanni Battista Gisleni

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Detail of Gisleni's tomb 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-Lithuanian royal court.

Gisleni was born and died in Rome. He served three Polish-Lithuanian kings of the Vasa dynasty: Zygmunt III Waza, Władysław IV Waza and Jan II Kazimierz, during the years 1630-1668. Gisleni's tomb in the church of Santa Maria del Popolo in Rome takes 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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