Italian cartographer and architect Giovanni Battista Nolli died on this day in 1756 in Rome. Born in Como in 1701, Nolli began his career as a surveyor in Milan and the Piedmont region before heading to Rome around 1736. He worked for more than a decade on his great plan of the Eternal City, which he published in 1748. It offered the most accurate survey of the city’s ancient and contemporary monuments. The only building attributable to Nolli’s design is the small church of S. Dorotea in Trastevere (1751-6).
Reference: John Pinto. “Nolli, Giovanni Battista.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press.
Nuova pianta di Roma data in luce da Giambattista Nolli l’anno MDCCXLVIII.
Detail showing Castel Sant’Angelo
Detail showing Forum Augustus
Santa Dorotea, Trastevere, Rome