Ligorio, Pirro
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Italian painter, architect and antiquarian. Born Naples, 1512 or 1513, died Ferrara 26. 10. 1583. Painter at Rome from c. 1534. 1548 member of the Congregazione dei Virtuosi al Pantheon; from 1549 antiquarian in the service of Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este and a participant in the excavations of the villa Hadriani at Tivoli. From 1561 architect to Pope Pius IV, succeeding Michelangelo in 1564 as chief architect at the Fabbrica di San Pietro (new construction of St. Peter’s Basilica). From 1…

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Schreurs, Anna, “Ligorio, Pirro”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 6 : History of classical Scholarship - A Biographical Dictionary, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2014). Original German-language edition: Geschichte der Altertumswissenschaften: Biographisches Lexikon. Herausgegeven von Peter Kuhlmann und Helmuth Schneider. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 6. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2012). Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004245938, 20131209

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