Luca Fancelli's Letter

Luca Fancelli1472

Mantova Museo Urbano Diffuso

Mantova Museo Urbano Diffuso

This letter sent by Fancelli to the Marquis of Mantua was sent just two days after the death of Leon Battista Alberti. In fact, although the design for Sant'Andrea was all Alberti's work, it was Fancelli, who had completed many other works in Mantua and who clearly enjoyed Ludovico's full confidence, who was entrusted with embarking on construction. The letter refers to a design by Mantegna and works on a sewer in the Rovere district of the city, which the engineer and architect was in the process of completing. Since the design has never been located, the full meaning of the text remains unclear. In any case, the letter illustrates the very close ties and familiarity between Fancelli and the Lord of Mantua.


  • Title: Luca Fancelli's Letter
  • Creator: Luca Fancelli
  • Date Created: 1472

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