Reclining Pan, c.1535

Attributed to Francesco da Sangallo, Italian, 1494–1576

St. Louis Art Museum

Pan lies on a rocky bed surrounded by vines, grape clusters, and a slithery salamander. Carved from marble in this sculpture, Pan the satyr, a half-human, half-goat creature of mythology is very well known for his bad behavior. 

(Perfect placement, don’t you think?)

Born on this day in 1484 architect Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, who drew an early design for St Peter’s in Rome

Sangallo’s design for the Basilica of St Peter in the Vatican; plan of the façade, with Pope Paul III’s coat of arms to left and the Papal keys and umbrella to right, 1547
Engraving, Height: 341 mm. Width: 416 mm.

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‘Forma Templi . d . Petri in Vaticano / Antonius. S. Galli inventor / Antonius Labaccus eius discip effector / Ant. Sal. excud Romae MDCXLVII / cum gratia et privilegio’, also with dedication to Pope Paul III and scale.


Antonio di Francesco di Bartolo Giamberti, known as Antonio da Sangallo the Elder, died on this day in 1534. Though completed after his death, the church of San Biagio outside Montepulciano is Antonio’s best known project. Work began in 1518, and Antonio made many drawings related to its design and construction. Antonio derived inspiration from S. Maria delle Carceri in Prato, designed by his brother Giuliano. San Biagio is built on a Greek-cross plan and exemplifies the taste for centrally-planned churches in the early sixteenth century. 

Reference: Caroline Elam, et al. “Sangallo, da.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. <>.