Pietro Berretini (Pietro da Cortona)
painter, decorator, and architect; b. (at Cortona) November 1, 1596; d. May 16, 1669.
He is best known by his work as a decorator, which is to be found in Rome, Florence, and many other Italian cities. To him is largely due the fully developed style of the late Renaissance. His most important works are the decoration of the great hall of the Palazzo Barberini, Rome, and of the galleries of the Pitti Palace, Florence. He also decorated the Chiesa Nuova, built the altar of S. Xaverius in Vignola's church of the Ges¨, and decorated the church of S. Carlo al Corso, all in Rome. Examples of his purely architectural work are the church of SS. Luca e Martina in Rome, the beautiful fašade of the church of S. Maria della Pace, Rome, before 1659. The fašade of S. Maria in Via Lata, Rome, was built from his designs about 1680. Many of his drawings are in the Uffizi.
architect; d. 1656.
An architect of Como in Lombardy who established himself in Genoa, Italy, where he erected three palaces for the Balbi family. One of the best of these, built for Paolo Balbi in 1623, became the Palazzo dell' UniversitÓ in 1812.