SACCHETTI, Giovanni Battista
(b. 1690, Torino, d. 1764, Madrid)

Biography

Italian architect, active in Spain. Taught by Filippo Juvarra, he assisted his master by building models, preparing drawings, and compiling an important list of his works. He designed several temporary funerary structures for the House of Savoy, and oversaw (from 1734), the building of San Filippo, Turin, designed by Juvarra.

In 1736 Sacchetti settled in Spain where he continued Juvarra's work on the garden-front of the Palacio Granja, San Ildefonso, Segovia (1736-42). Sacchetti also worked (1738-64) on the Royal Palace, Madrid, where he expanded Juvarra's proposals, influenced in part by Bernini's unrealised designs for the Louvre, Paris. This composition must be ranked among the greatest architectural achievements of the period.