Sienese architect, painter, and stage designer Baldassare Peruzzi died on this day in 1536 in Rome where he had worked since 1503. He was honored with burial in the Pantheon next to Raphael, demonstrating his reputation and esteem among the art cognoscenti in Rome. In addition to paintings and buildings, well over 500 drawings survive by the artist, including designs related to the rebuilding of St. Peter’s in Rome. Among his best known works are the suburban villa known as the Farnesina built for Agostino Chigi, decorated by Peruzzi, Raphael, Sebastiano del Piombo, and Sodoma. Peruzzi’s understanding of architecture helped him create highly illusionistic frescoes.
Perspective views of the Sala delle Prospettive, 1515-17, fresco, Villa Farnesina, Rome
Garden façade of the Villa Farnesina, Rome, c. 1506; photo credit: Vanni/Art Resource, NY
View of the Loggia di Galatea, 1510-11, fresco, Villa Farnesina, Rome
Perseus and Pegasus, 1510-11, fresco, Villa Farnesina, Rome
Holy Family, about 1515, pen and brown ink and black chalk; top left squared in black chalk, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Design for St. Peter’s, red chalk