Architect Nicola Salvi, best known for his work on the Trevi Fountain in Rome, was born on this day in 1697. A native Roman, Salvi studied philosophy, math, medicine, and anatomy and also wrote poetry. Deeply interested in classical architecture, Salvi is reputed to have memorized Vitrivius’ treatise on architecture. Salvi’s design won the competition sponsored by Pope Clement XII for the Trevi fountain in 1732, the largest in Rome.
Reference: John Pinto. “Salvi, Nicola.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press.