TEMANZA, Tommaso
(b. 1705, Venezia, d. 1789, Venezia)

Biography

Italian architect, civil engineer and art historian. As an architect he is best known for the small neo-Palladian church of Santa Maria Maddalena (La Maddalena) in Venice; as an art historian he is acclaimed for his Vite dei piu celebri architetti e scultori veneziani che fiorirono nel secolo decimosesto (Lives of the most famous Venetian architects and sculptors who flourished in the sixteenth century). He lived and worked almost entirely in Venice and was a member of the circle of artists and intellectuals who frequented the house of the British consul and connoisseur Joseph Smith.