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Bartolommeo Buon [Bon]

Died: 1529

BARTOLOMMEO BUON [sometimes, Bon] trained as a stonemason with his father. The famous Ca' d'Oro was one of the projects on which they worked together. While a great deal of Buon's career was devoted to executing the works of others, as in repairing the Campanile of San Marco and rebuilding the Procuratie Vecchie, he was also an important Venetian innovator in the Renaissance style, as shown by the portion of Ca' del Duca that was completed to his design.

The Scuola di San Rocco stands as his major work, although the building includes ideas of his successors as well. The portal of SS. Giovanni e Paolo also shows his introduction of classical elements into a Gothic work. He was responsible for the portal of Madonna dell'Orto as well. Buon ended his career as proto to the Procurators of San Marco, the most important architectural post of Venice.

1997-9 C. I. Gable