Galeazzo Alessi

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Alessi's original project for the façade of Palazzo Marino, Milan, altered in the execution

Galeazzo Alessi (1512 – December 30, 1572) was an Italian architect from Perugia, known throughout Europe for his distinctive style based on his enthusiasm for ancient architecture. He studied drawing for civil and military architecture under the direction of Giovanni Battista Caporali.

For a number of years he lived in Genoa. He was involved in the lay-out of the streets and the restoration of the city walls, as well as being responsible for many of its impressive palazzi, now a part of the World Heritage List. His work can be found in many other Italian cities, including in Ferrara, Bologna, Naples and Milan, where he designed the facade of Santa Maria presso San Celso. With Vignola, he designed the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Assisi, the seventh largest Christian church at the time. Elsewhere in Europe, he designed churches and palaces in France, Germany and Flanders. He produced designs for El Escorial in Spain, but age and health prevented him from carrying them out.

Selected works[edit]


  • Rocca Paolina, remodelling
  • Loggia at the Oratorio di S. Angelo della Pace
  • S. Maria del Popolo (Camera di Commercio)
  • Loggia for the Palazzo dei Priori, remodelling
  • Convent of Santa Giuliana (S. Caterina)
  • Portale of the Villa del Leone
  • Doorway in the southern flank of the Duomo
  • Works for San Pietro




Sacro Monte di Varallo (Vercelli)[edit]

  • City plan



  • Rossi, Di Galeazzo Alessi memorie (Perugia, 1873)
  • Emmina De Negri, Galeazzo Alessi : architetto a Genova, (Quaderni dell'Istituto di storia dell'arte dell'Università di Genova, number 1, (Genoa) 1957.
  • Galeazzo Alessi e l'architettura del Cinquecento, atti del convegno internazionale di studi : Genoa, 16–20 April 1974, (Genoa 1975)
  • R. L. Torrijos, "Un testamento dimenticato di Galeazzo Alessi", in Architettura, storia e documenti, 1 (1985:97-100)
  • Wikisource-logo.svg Thomas Henry Poole (1913). "Galeazzo Alessi" . In Herbermann, Charles (ed.). Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.
  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Alessi, Galeazzo". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.

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