BERRECCI, Bartolomeo
(b. ca. 1480, Pontassieve, d. 1537, Kraków)

Biography

Italian architect and sculptor, active in Poland. Initially he studied with his father who was also an architect. He was then probably taught by Andrea Ferrucci (1465-c. 1526), his father's fellow Florentine architect. He moved to Poland in 1516 at the invitation of the bishop Jan Laski to take over the work of rebuilding the Wawel Royal Castle in Kraków after the death of Francesco Fiorentino (active 1502-1505). The castle had burnt down in 1499, and the rebuilding was commissioned by Sigismund I of Poland. He also took over Fiorentino's workshop.

He worked in Kraków, Niepolomice, Poznan, Tarnów and most likely in Vilnius where the Royal Palace of Lithuania was reconstructed. He became very rich in Poland, owning a number of houses in Kraków and a brickyard. He was murdered in 1537 by another jealous Italian artist in Kraków and was buried in the Corpus Christi Basilica in Kazimierz by Kraków.



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