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Francesco Maria Richini, also spelled Ricchini (9 February 1584 - 24 April 1658) was an Italianmarker Baroque architect.

He was born in Milanmarker and trained under Lorenzo Binago. He was patronized by Cardinal Federico Borromeo, Archbishop of Milan. After a stint in Rome, he became capomastro under the main architect of the Cathedral of the city, Aurelio Trezzi, in 1605. He was elevated to the latter's position himself from 1631 to 1638.

Like his famous elder cousin, Carlo Borromeo, author of a guide to religious architecture, Federico Borromeo promulgated classical or antique models. In Richini he found a deviation to the Baroque, as exemplified by his church of San Giuseppe. This small church in central Milan (consecrated 1616) has a highly decorated facade (finished 1630) with volutes. The interior are two Bramante-inspired squares. He also worked on the palazzos of Breramarker (1627–8), Annoni (1631), Littamarker (1642–8), and Durini (1648). He contributed to the design of the courtyard of the Ospedale Maggioremarker (1625-49), in collaboration with Giovan Battista Messina, Fabio Mangone and Giovanni Battista Crespi. He also designed the concave facade for the Collegio Elvetico. He helped in the construction of Sant'Alessandro in Zebediamarker in Milan.

His son, Gian Domenico, was also an architect. Richini is said to have been an early influence of Francesco Borromini.


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