Bartolomeo Berrecci

(c. 1480—1537)

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(b Pontassieve, nr Florence, c. 1480; d Kraków, Aug 1537). Italian architect and sculptor, active in Poland. He may be the otherwise unidentified ‘scultore Bartolomeo’, who was employed in 1505–6 on preliminary work being done on the marble mausoleum of S Giovanni Gualberto Bisdomini at the Badia di Passignano (Mossakowski, 1986). He was called to Poland before 1517 to design and build King Sigismund I's sepulchral chapel (1519–26) in Kraków Cathedral and took charge of the masons’ workshop with its staff of c. 30 assistants, mainly sculptors from Tuscany. The Sigismund Chapel, this workshop's chief masterpiece, was executed to Berrecci's plans and with his collaboration. The centralized structure is built on a square plan and has an octagonal drum supporting a dome with a lantern. It is undoubtedly one of the most successful and original architectural and sculptural achievements of the Italian Renaissance outside Italy.


From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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