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Galli-Bibiena, Francesco#

Galli-Bibiena, Francesco, b. Bologna (Italy), Dec. 12, 1659, d. Bologna (Italy), Jan. 20, 1737, architect, brother of Ferdinando Galli-Bibiena. Worked in various Italian cities, was called to Vienna by Emperor Leopold I and designed the Grosse Komoediensaal ("Grand Hall of Comedies") in 1700, which then became the Court Theatre. After a short time in Italy and in Lorraine, he was invited by Emperor Joseph I to return to the court of Vienna, where he worked as the "First Theatrical Engineer" and as a decorator and scene-painter from 1709. He returned to Italy for good in 1712.