|Dates||1678 - 1736|
After working in his father's silversmith shop and being ordained a priest in 1703, the energetic and imaginative Filippo Juvarra began his architectural training at around age twenty-five. After moving to Rome, he studied under its leading
Juvarra's great opportunity arrived in 1714. Named First Architect to the King of Sicily, who was also the duke of Savoy, Juvarra was charged with transforming Turin, Savoy's capital. His output was almost superhuman and contributed to his international reputation: sixteen palaces, eight churches, urban planning projects, interior decoration, and designs for furniture and church ornaments. Highly skilled painters, sculptors, and craftsmen from throughout Italy made his designs reality.
Juvarra's clear, elegant style included elaborate decoration that pointed toward the light-hearted