Maffiolo da Giussano, un amico lombardo di Bramante
In: Quaderni dell'Istituto di Storia dell'Architettura: 67, 2018
If it were not for some surprising episodes including a documented relationship with Bramante, the figure of Maffiolo da Giussano, attested to from 1487 to 1512, would be easily interchangeable with that of many other engineers and architects from Milan, during Sforza and French periods. They were so occupied, even without a real design role, in the practices of the profession, as to have completely ignored it to follow the great protagonists, as often occurs. The importance of this notary, land surveyor, architect and hydraulic engineer, whose training did not follow the traditional path inside the world of the arts, but rather that of ars mensoria, emerges shortly before the return of Massimiliano Sforza when in 1509, after a journey in Rome, Maffiolo dedicated a new detailed mapping of northern Italy to Louis XII, King of France and Duke of Milan. In 1512, he was also responsible for the French works aimed at fortifying the city of Milan with new bastions. The reconstruction of his figure adds further detail to the multifaceted actions in the field of the arts of some noteworthy French personalities, especially Charles Chaumont d’Amboise.