Domenico Fontana (1543 - 1607) was an Italian architect who worked primarily in Rome. Employed by Pope Sixtus V as papal architect, he worked on the pope's renewal of the city. In 1586, he was tasked with the removal of the ancient Egyptian obelisk from the Vatican Hill and its subsequent erection in the St. Peter's Square. He published a detailed account of this feat, Della trasportatione dell'obelisco Vaticano et delle fabriche di nostro signore Papa Sisto V, in 1590. He would raise a further three obelisks in Rome: outside St. Mary Major Basilica in 1587, outside St. John Lateran Basilica in 1588, and in the Piazza del Popolo in 1589.
Morton & Eden 80, 13-14 June 2016, lot 50 (Sir Timothy Clifford collection).
Spink & Son, 21 May 1996, lot 161 (Sir Timothy Clifford collection, from Dr. Giuseppe Toderi of Florence).