Fontana, Carlo kär´lō fōntä´nä [key], 1634–1714, Italian architect. During his early years he worked for three of the most important architects of the high baroque period—Rainaldi, Cortona, and Bernini. His works include various palaces, fountains, tombs, and the Church of San Marcello al Corso (1682–83) in Rome and plans for the Jesuit church and college in Loyola, Spain. His accomplished academic style influenced important architects, such as James Gibbs, Filippo Juvarra, and the German baroque architects. He published his projects for the completion of St. Peter's, along with an erudite history of its origins, in Templum Vaticanum (1694).
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