PEREGO, Giovanni
(b. 1776, Milano, d. 1817, Milano)

Exterior view

Palazzo Rocca-Saporiti, Milan

Private palaces in the early 19th century kept to the existing types, but adapted them to changed tastes, often by using Palladian or other cinquecento features. The Palazzo Rocca-Saporiti, built in 1812 for Gaetano Belloni and sold in 1818 to the Marquese Saporiti, sports a rusticated ground floor and a colonnade on the upper floor terminating in corner projections. Instead of the continuous and yet differentiated orchestration typical of 18th century buildings, however, the row of columns in front of the shadowed background of the loggia now provides a stark contrast with the smooth wall surfaces of the end pavilions and their separately formed openings.

The design for the Palazzo Rocca-Saporiti originated from Giovanni Perego, a scenographer was not officially entitled to handle the commission as he was not a professional architect, therefore the plan was carried out by Innocenzo Giusti in 1812.

The photo shows the façade of the palace.

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