1 October 1507. Or Who Introduced Baroque into Architecture
On this day, 963 years ago, the great Italian architect Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola was born. His most famous projects are Villa Farnese at Caprarola and the Jesuits' Church of the Gesu in Rome. The later, actually named Chiesa del Santissimo Nome di Gesu all'Argentina, is the first building with a true Baroque facade. Vignola is one of the three architects that spread the Italian Renaissance through Western Europe (the other two are Serlio and Palladio).