Giuseppe Valadier

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Giuseppe Valadier (April 14, 1762 – February 1, 1839) was an Italian architect and designer, urban planner and archaeologist and a chief exponent of Neoclassicism in Italy.

Pietro Labruzzi: Portrait of the Architect Giuseppe Valadier - Art Institute of Chicago
Clock adorning the right side of the front of the St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.


The son of a goldsmith, Luigi (1726–1785), Valadier was born in Rome in 1762. He also occasionally provided designs for silver, such as the "York Chalice" for Henry Cardinal York (1800–01), the grand silver table service for Monsignor Antonio Odescalchi (1795–97) and the similar Rospigliosi-Pallavicini service, begun in 1803 [1] which he partly produced in the silver workshop he directly oversaw and partly sub-contracted to other Roman silversmiths. Valadier also designed some furniture and other decorative arts, such as the rock crystal and silver reliquary for relics of the Holy Crib in Santa Maria Maggiore, for Pope Pius IX. Valadier worked in Rome and elsewhere in the Papal States, but many of his projects remained on paper. He was named official architetto camerale of the Papal States by Pope Pius VI in 1786. He taught architecture at the Accademia di San Luca was a pioneer archeologist and a restorer of monuments, such as the Milvian Bridge (1805) and the Arch of Titus in Rome, (1819–21). He retraced the ancient line of the Via Flaminia (1805) and restored Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola's neglected Church of Sant'Andrea in Via Flaminia, which influenced his own Church of Santa Maria della Salute in Fiumicino, the newly-establish port for Rome.

Major works[edit]

Santa Maria della Salute, Fiumicino

He published collections of his designs and drawings:

  • Giuseppe Valadier, (Architectonic projects), Rome 1807
  • Giuseppe Valadier, Raccolta delle più insigni fabbriche di Roma antica, Rome 1810
  • Giuseppe Valadier, L'Architettura pratica: dettata nella Scuola dell'insigne Accademia di San Luca, 5 vols, Rome 1828– 1834;


  1. ^ Maria Beltramini (2000). The Basilica of St Peter in the Vatican. F.C. Panini. p. 740. ISBN 978-88-8290-174-5. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  2. ^ (in Italian) Casina Valadier

Further reading[edit]

  • Paolo Marconi. 1964. Giuseppe Valadier (Rome)
  • Alvar Gonzalez-Palacios, Il Gusto Dei Principi, 1993, nos. 366–368. (designs and wine-coolers from the Odescalchi service)
  • Valadier: Three Generations of Roman Goldsmiths: An exhibition of drawings and works of art. London: Artemis Group / David Carritt Limited, 1991.

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