Jacopo Barozzi was born in Vignola, the province of Modena, on 1 October 1507. He studied painting and perspective in Emilia, but soon devoted himself to architecture where he was greatly influenced by the renaissance tradition. After a brief period in Rome where he studied ancient monuments, he returned to Bologna to carry out work on the facade of San Petronio, among his other projects. He then moved to Rome definitively and became the architect of the Farnese. From 1559 to 1573, he made one of his most famous buildings, the Palazzo di Caprarola (a stylized reproduction is depicted on the stamp). After Michelangelo died in 1564, Barozzi took over as chief architect of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. Other works included his design for the Church of the Gesù in Rome. The plan became a prototype for places of worship built by the Jesuits and it was used very successfully down through the centuries. Around 1570 he designed the Church of Sant’Anna dei Palafrenieri in Vatican City. The plan consisted of an oval dome placed on a rectangular structure. It is depicted on the aerogramme along with the artist’s portrait. He died in Rome on 7 July 1573 and is buried at the Pantheon.