PONTELLI, Baccio
(b. 1450, Firenze, d. after 1492, Urbino)

Biography

Italian architect and woodworker, originally Bartolomeo di Fino. He studied with Giuliano and Benedetto da Maiano in Florence. During the trip to Urbino (1480-82), where he worked on the studio of Federico da Montefeltro in the Palazzo Ducale, he was influenced by Francesco di Giorgio Martini.

Acting as an architect in Rome, he participated in the pope Sixtus IV's urban renewal. His projects included: Santa Aurea in Ostia; the Ponte Sisto in Rome; the hospital of Santo Spirito in Sassia; the church Sant'Agostino; the façade of Santa Maria del Popolo; San Pietro in Vincoli; Santi Apostoli and design for the Sistine Chapel.

In the last years of his life he worked on the military fortresses of Ostia, Jesi-Acquaviva Picena, Osimo and Senigallia.