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Filippo Juvarra
 
 
 
 
 
Filippo Juvarra, Juvarra also spelled Juvara (born March 7, 1678, Messina, Sicily [Italy]—died January 31, 1736, Madrid, Spain), architect and stage designer who attained fame throughout Europe during the early part of the 18th century.

Juvarra studied in Rome (1703–14) under the architect Carlo Fontana and was commissioned to design scenes for Cardinal Ottoboni’s theatre in the Cancelleria Palace. He was also asked to do stage designs for the queen of Poland, Maria Casimira, in her theatre in the Zuccari Palace in Rome, and for the Holy Roman emperor Joseph I for the opera Giunio Bruto.

In 1714 Juvarra was appointed architect to the king of Sicily and moved to Turin, the Savoy capital. There he took charge of the third rebuilding and enlargement of the city of Turin. He also designed his two greatest masterpieces there, the royal hunting lodge at Stupinigi (begun 1729) and the Church of the Carmine in Turin (1732). Although his major works were in Italy, he also designed the palace at Mafra for John V of Portugal (1719–20).

In his early buildings in Turin, Juvarra favoured static, sharply defined spaces (San Filippo Neri, 1715; Superga, 1717; Madama Palace, 1718) designed in the traditional manner. Late in life his work was influenced by his stage design, and he learned to treat a building as a unified whole. His later work is noted for its concept of space—light and airy spaces producing a fluid, elegant effect. These late works rank among the finest examples of the early Rococo style in Italy.

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Basilica of Superga
 
 
 
 

Palazzina di Caccia of Stupinigi
 
 

Plan
 
 

Interior of Pavilion
 
 
 
 

Palazzo Madama in Turin
 
 

Side view of facade
 
 

Interior Staircase
 
 
 
 

Royal Palace Madrid
 
 
 
 

La Granja Palace
 
 
 
 

Cupola of the church of Sant'Andrea in Mantua
 
 
 
 

Santa Teresa in Turin
 
 
 

 
 
 
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