By Alexis Culotta

Architect Emanuele Rodriguez dos Santos died 22 March 1764 in Rome. Portuguese by birth, dos Santos spent the majority of his career working in Rome, with his first documented work there associated with interior decorations at Santa Maria in Aracoeli dating to 1728. 

By the 1730s, dos Santos had graduated to larger projects, completing elements of the church of Santa Maria Maddalena between 1732 and 1734. His work on the church of Santtisima Trinità degli Spagnoli, which began in the 1740s, would become the most celebrated project of his career. Unfortunately, following the completion of this project, do Santos fell into relative obscurity. Little is known of what transpired during his final years before his death in 1764. 

Further Reading: 
Victor Deupi, Architectural Temperance Between Spain and Rome: 1700-1759 (Routledge, 2015). 

Santissima Trinità degli Spagnoli, begun 1741. Via Condotti, Rome. 

Santa Maria Maddalena (tasked with completion of work), 1732-1734. Rome. 

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