PIETRASANTA, Jacopo da
(active 1452, d. 1495, Roma)

Sant'Agostino: Façade

1479-83
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Piazza di Sant'Agostino, Rome

The example of Sixtus IV was followed by his cardinals. In the last years of construction at Santa Maria del Popolo, Cardinal Guillaume d'Estouteville began rebuilding his own titular church of Sant'Agostino and marked his extraordinary patronage - rivaling that of the pope - by having his name prominently inscribed across its facad. Despite the awkwardness of the heavy-handed scrolls added to conceal the buttressing and to distract attention from the disproportion between the central and side doors, this church is important in helping to establish a model for church façades.