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Summary: Donato Bramante was originally trained as painter and although he was quite an accomplished artist his true passion was in architecture.

He studied under Scitto Scirri and possibly others. He would travel to Milan and remained there for some 23 years before moving on to Rome where he produced several frescoes.

He was commissioned by Cardinal Caraffa to rebuild the Convent della Pace cloister. As a result of this he was introduced to Pope Alexander VI.

His successor was Pope Julius II and it was Julius who instructed Bramante to design the rebuilding of St Peter's Basilica. He died before his work was complete.

Donato Bramante Fact Sheet: Who was Donato Bramante? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Donato Bramante, the famous Renaissance artist.

Donato Bramante Fact File: Lifespan: 1444 - 1514 *** Full Name: Donato di Pascuccio d’Antonio later known as Donato Bramante *** Date of Birth: He was born in 1444, the exact date is unknown *** Place of Birth: He was born in Fermignano near Urbino, Italy *** Family background: His family were of landowning farmers and very prosperous *** Early life and childhood: He was taught reading and writing and was much practiced using an abacus ***
Education: As a young boy he was placed with Fra Bartolommeo and initially instructed in the art of painting

Donato Bramante Fact 1: He was born during the Renaissance period in history which began in Northern Italy during the 14th century

Donato Bramante Fact 2: The first thirty years of his life are undocumented.

Donato Bramante Fact 3: There are many calculated guesses as to what he was doing during that time but nothing definitive.

Donato Bramante Fact 4: It is not until 1474 when he arrived in Milan, a city deeply entrenched in the Gothic architectural traditions, that his work starts to be recognized.

Donato Bramante Fact 5: In 1476 he came to the attention of Ludovico Sforza, the Duke.

Donato Bramante Fact 6: He would commission Donato to become his court architect and one of his first projects was the now famous Trompe-l’oeil choir of the Santa Maria presso San Satiro church.

Donato Bramante Fact 7: He found the space to work in was challenging and so h create a theatrical apse in bas-relief, merging Roman detail with perspective of painterly arts.

Donato Bramante Fact 8: While in Milan he was also attributed with building the tribune of Santa Maria delle Grazie.

Donato Bramante Fact 9: Some of his other works include the Cloisters of Sant’Ambrogio in Milan.

Donato Bramante Fact 10: Other constructions include those in Pavia and Legnano.

Donato Bramante Fact 11: Unfortunately, in 1499, his patron, the Duke, fled Milan ahead of the French army and Donato headed to Rome.

Donato Bramante Fact 12: His reputation having preceded him, he was already known to Cardinal Riario.

Donato Bramante Fact 13: He would also quickly come to the attention of Cardinal Della Rovere, soon to be announced as Pope Julius II.

Donato Bramante Fact 14: His next big project would be for Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon and it was the Tempietto of San Pietro in Montorio, designed to be a truly harmonious masterpiece.

Donato Bramante Fact 15: In early 1503 Pope Julius II employed him to build what would be the grandest architectural construction of the 16th century in Europe, the complete reconstruction of St Peter’s Basilica.

Donato Bramante Fact 16: The great cornerstones of the piers for the crossing were grounded in April of 1506.

Donato Bramante Fact 17: Although none of Donato’s drawings have survived down the centuries there are those of his assistants that have. They give an extraordinary insight into the magnitude of the task.

Donato Bramante Fact 18: His plan and vision was to create a centralized Greek cross with four great chapels in the corners, each with a capped smaller dome feature but after his demise the Greek theme became more Romano-Byzantine.

Donato Bramante Fact 19: One of his last works would be the Palazzo Caprini, with its rusticated floor, shops and a second story with Doric half columns, it would later be owned by Raphael and its style copied in northern Italy especially.

Donato Bramante Fact 20: He died on March the 11th, 1514 in Rome and was laid to rest in Old St Peter’s.

Notable Events of the Renaissance and during the life of Donato Bramante include: Leonardo di Vinci was born, the Hundred Years War ended, the Wars of the Roses began and Leonardo di Vinci would complete The Last Supper in Milan.

List of Famous Works by Donato Bramante:

Santa Maria presso San Satiro, Milan c.1482-1486
Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan c.1492-1498
Palazzo Caprini, Rome c.1510
The Tempietto, San Pietro in Montorio, Rome, 1502
Santa Maria della Pace, Rome c.1504
St Peter’s Basilica, Rome designed in 1503, ground breaking in 1506
Cortile del Belvedere, Vatican City, Rome c.1506

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