This year marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Bramante, the Italian architect and painter who is considered one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance. The Philatelic and Numismatic Office celebrated the occasion with the issue of a postage miniature sheet featuring the spiral staircase he designed for the Octagonal Courtyard of the Belvedere (Vatican City).
Very little is known about his early formation, although when he was very young, he studied in Urbino where he was able to closely admire artists such as Piero della Francesca, Paolo Uccello, Mantegna and Melozzo da Forlì. After a brief time in Bergamo, he went to Milan where both as an architect and a painter he carried out numerous works in the court of Ludovico Sforza (il Moro). Regarding his activity as a painter, we have only a few frescoes remaining, while instead we have lasting testimonies of his architectural works he designed both in Milan (Santa Maria presso San Satiro, Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio, Santa Maria delle Grazie) as well as in the territory of the duchy (Duomo di Pavia).