(b Puria di Valsolda, nr. Lugano, c.1527; d Milan, 27 May. 1596).
Italian Mannerist painter and architect. He was born in Lombardy and brought up in Bologna. From about 1547 to 1553 he worked in Rome, and his style in painting, distinguished by grand, if sometimes rather ponderous, figures, was based mainly on the work of Michelangelo, for whom he had a lifelong admiration. His finest paintings are frescos illustrating the story of Ulysses (c.1555) in the Palazzo Poggi (now University), Bologna. From the mid-1560s Tibaldi worked a good deal as an architect, chiefly in and around Milan, where he was much employed by the archbishop, Charles Borromeo; he was appointed chief architect to the cathedral in 1567. In 1587 he moved to Spain to work on the decoration of the Escorial, for which he produced a large amount of decorative painting. His work there was influential in the development of Spanish Mannerism. He returned to Milan, ennobled by Philip II (see Habsburg), in the year of his death.
Subjects: Art — Architecture.