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Giacomo della Porta (c. 1533 – 1602) was an Italianmarker architect and sculptor, who worked on many important buildings in Rome, including St. Peter's Basilicamarker. He was born at Porlezzamarker, Lombardy and died in Rome.

Façade of the famous church of Gesù in Rome.


Della Porta was influenced by and collaborated with Michelangelo, and Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola, his teacher of architecture. After 1563 he carried out Michelangelo's plans for the rebuilding of the Campidogliomarker or Capitolinemarker Hill's open spaces where he completed the façade and steps of Palazzo Senatorio, and the Cordonatamarker capitolina or the ramped steps up to the Piazza del Campidoglio.

After the death of Vignola in 1573, he continued the construction of Il Gesùmarker, the mother church of the Jesuit order, and in 1584 modified its façade after his own designs.

From 1573 he was in charge of the ongoing construction of St. Peter's Basilica, and later, in collaboration with Domenico Fontana, completed Michelangelo's dome between 1588-1590.

Giacomo della Porta completed a number of Rome's fountains from the 16th century; these included the fountains in the Piazza del Popolomarker, the Fountain of Neptune, Romemarker and La Fontana del Moro in the Piazza Navonamarker.

Selected works


  • Katherine Rinne, "Fluid Precision: Giacomo della Porta and the Acqua Vergine fountains of Rome", in Landscapes of Memory and Experience, ed. Jan Birksted (London, 2000), 183-201.
  • Katherine W. Rinne, “Between Precedent and Experiment: the Restoration of the Acqua Vergine (1560-1570)”, in L. Roberts, S. Schaffer and P. Dear (eds.), The mindful hand: inquiry and invention from the late Renaissance to early industrialisation (Edita/University of Chicago Press: 2007), 95-115.

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