Fuga, Ferdinando (1699-1781)

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Ferdinando Fuga, Italian architect, was born in Florence in 1699 and died in Rome in 1781. He was a pupil of G.B.Foggini, and in 1717 moved to Rome, where completed his artistic formation learning on the greatest Baroque examples. His first important work was realized in Naples, the chapel in Palazzo Cellamare (1726-1727), with rich decorations and scenography. After return to Rome in 1739, he was nominated the architect of the pontific palaces by popes Clement XII and Benedict XIV. He completed the realization of Palazzo del Quirinale, adjoining the building of Segretario delle Cifre and the new wing named "manica lunga"; after it he finished the square and Palazzo della Consulta (1732-1735) located in-front of it.

These Roman works, and others, like facade of Santa Maria Maggiore and Palazzo Corsini (1736), reveal the step of artist from the research of original forms to the classic ones. From 1751, he was called together with L.Vanvitelli, in Naples by Charles III Bourbon. Here Fuga worked as a court architect over the renewing of the city, creating important constructions such as colossal Albergo dei Poveri, intended to be a hospice for 8,000 poor from all over the kingdom of Naples, which was realized only in part; Granili, immense storing construction (now destroyed); manufacture of china-ware in the garden of Palazzo Reale (1771-1772). In Naples Fuga constructed numerous palaces: d"Aquino, Giordano, Caramanico and noble villas (Villa Favorita a Resina); facade of the church dei Gerolamini (circa1780).

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