Nanni di Baccio Bigio

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Nanni di Baccio Bigio, a pseudonym of Giovanni Lippi (died 1568), was an Italian architect of the 16th century.


Nanni was born in Florence. He is described as a "versatile" architect, who had originally set out to be a sculptor working under Raffaello da Montelupo. After arriving in Rome, he made a good copy of Michelangelo's Pietà.[1] Michelangelo disliked him while Nanni worked to supplant Michelangelo.[2] Nanni also took over the reconstruction of the Bridge of Santa Maria from Michelangelo in 1551, but his work proved to be inadequate and the bridge was destroyed in the 1557 flood.[2]

He worked primarily in Rome where he designed the Palazzo Salviati alla Lungara in the style of Giuliano da Sangallo, he directed the reconstruction of the Castel Sant'Angelo, and built the Porta del Popolo.[3]

In addition, he completed the Palazzo Sacchetti in via Giulia and contributed to the fortifications of Fano and Civitavecchia. In Monte San Savino, he contributed to the construction of the Palazzo di Monte and the Loggie dei Mercanti following designs of Andrea Sansovino and also built the Porta Fiorentina following designs of Giorgio Vasari, and decorated with frescos representing the so-called Madonna delle Vertighe tra Santi (Madonna of the Peaks among Saints). He also built the Palazzo Lante for the Medici. He died in Rome.

He was the father of Annibale Lippi, architect died after 1581.


  1. ^ Bull, George (1998). Michelangelo: A Biography. St. Martin's Press. p. 333. ISBN 978-0-312-18746-0. Retrieved 23 June 2010.
  2. ^ a b Vasari, Giorgio (1896). Lives Of Seventy Of The Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects Volume IV. Charles Scribner's and Sons. pp. 161, 168, 199. Retrieved 23 June 2010.
  3. ^ Grundmann, Stefan; Fürst, Ulrich (1998). The architecture of Rome: an architectural history in 400 presentations. Axel Menges GmbH. p. 230. ISBN 978-3-930698-60-8.