NASONI, Nicola
(b. 1691, Siena, d. 1773)


Italian architect and painter, active in Portugal. He was a painter who only found his true vocation. when he came to Porto. His main creation was the Dos Clérigos church in Porto (begun 1732). Nasoni's style, which incorporates elements of Italian Rococo, was highly successful, and over the following decades he received a large number of commissions. These included the façade for Bom Jesus von Matosinhos (completed 1748) and the Palácio de Freixo, one of the many late Baroque country houses in the north of Portugal and in the Duoro Valley.