PONZIO, Flaminio
(b. 1559, Viggiu, d. 1613, Roma)


Italian architect and sculptor. The protection of the Borghese family, in particular Pope Paul V, who nominated Ponzio the architect of the Vatican Palaces, assured him a great number of commissions for important architectural projects: enlarging of the Palazzo Borghese (1605-1607); Casino di Villa Borghese (1609-1613); Cappella Paolina in Santa Maria Maggiore (1605-1611); fountain Acqua Paola on the Janiculum (1610, in collaboration with Giovanni Fontana [1540-1614]); and the church San Sebastiano (1612, finished by Giovanni Vasanzio).