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During my last visit to Turin I satisfied my desire to see again the extraordinary dome of San Lorenzo, designed by Guarino Guarini, infos from Wiki:

Guarini was born in Modena. He was accepted as a Theatine novice in 1639, spent his novitiate at the monastery of San Silvestro al Quirinale in Rome, and returned to Modena in 1647, where he was ordained in 1648. He rose quickly in the Theatine hierarchy, becoming first auditor, then superintendent of works, treasurer, lecturer in philosophy, procuratore, and finally provost in 1654. Prince Alfonso supported another candidate and Guarini was soon replaced and had to leave Modena. The next few years are poorly documented. He became a member of the Theatine House of Parma in 1656 and apparently visited Prague and Lisbon before publishing his play La Pietà trionfante in Messina in 1660, where he was a lecturer in mathematics.[1]

It is claimed he first became an architect to the Duke Philibert of Savoy. He wrote a range of mathematical books in both Latin and Italian, of which Euclides adauctus is a work on descriptive geometry. In 1665, he published a mathematical-philosophical tract Placita Philosophica defending the geocentric universe against Copernicus and Galileo.

He designed a large number of public and private buildings in Turin, including the palaces of the Duke of Savoy, the Royal Church of San Lorenzo[disambiguation needed] (1666-1680), most of the Chapel of the Holy Shroud (housing the Shroud of Turin, 1668, incorporating beginnings by Carlo di Castellamonte), the Palazzo Carignano (1679-85), the Castle of Racconigi and many other public and ecclesiastical buildings at Modena, Messina, Verona, Vienna, Prague, Lisbon and Paris. He appears to have been influenced by Borromini. Between 1657 and 1659 he stayed in Spain, where he studied the Moorish constructions. This has influenced the style of some of his buildings in Turin.

Guarini died in Milan. In architecture, his successors include his pupil Filippo Juvarra, and Juvarra's pupil Bernardo Vittone. The latter published his designs in Architettura Civile in 1737.

Chiesa di San Lorenzo [modifica]
Tra il 1668 e il 1687 realizza per i Teatini la chiesa di San Lorenzo a pianta centrale ottagonale, con i lati di forma convessa con un presbiterio ellittico posto trasversalmente che introduce un asse principale nella composizione; lo spazio, al livello inferiore, è definito dalla presenza di ampie serliane che delimitano le cappelle laterali; la copertura è costituita da una cupola a costoloni che si intrecciano fino a formare l'ottagono sul quale poggia la lanterna.
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