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Nicola Salvi
Italian architect

Nicola Salvi

Nicola Salvi
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Intro Italian architect
Was Artist Architect Sculptor
From Italy
Field Arts Engineering
Gender male
Birth 6 August 1697, Rome, Province of Rome, Lazio, Italy
Death 8 February 1751, Rome, Province of Rome, Lazio, Italy (aged 53 years)
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Nicola Salvi or Niccolò Salvi (6 August 1697 (Rome) – 8 February 1751 (Rome)) was an Italian architect; among his few projects completed is the famous Trevi fountain in Rome, Italy.


Admitted to the Roman Academy of Arcadia in 1717, Salvi became an architect only after studies in mathematics and philosophy. His mentor in architecture was Antonio Canevari, who served also as consulting architect of the king of Portugal. In 1728, Canevari left for Lisbon, and Salvi continued his commissions in Rome. Among these were ephemeral decorations and small decorative projects. In Rome, the patronage for building of large structures had declined relative to the past century.

In 1732, competitions were held by Clement XII, for two large projects. One was to create a new façade for the church of St John the Lateran and another was for a public fountain at Trevi. The former completion was won by Alessandro Galilei, though Salvi’s design had much praise. Salvi’s design for the fountain however was chosen instead of plans by Ferdinando Fuga and his friend Luigi Vanvitelli. Salvi did not live to see the fountain completed by his friend Pietro Bracci.

Salvi's other remaining works are few: he rebuilt the id:Chiesa di Santa Maria a Gradi (Church of Santa Maria in Gradi)] (1738) in Viterbo, but it was destroyed by bombs in World War II and is currently being restored. He also created a chapel, believed to be the most expensive ever created, for Igreja de São Roque Jesuit church in Lisbon, Portugal, along with Luigi Vanvitelli, and a tabernacle for the abbey of Monte Cassino.

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