Guarini Drawings Online

Drawings and Engravings by Guarino Guarini in Digitized Versions

The Archivio di Stato in Turin has digitized many of the Guarini drawings among its holdings, and more should become available in the years ahead.  The following list gives an overview of the material available at present; this information will be updated periodically as digitization progresses.

Castello di Racconigi

This large group of drawings contains material by Guarini and other architects.  Click on “mappa” for each item to see the relevant drawing or folder of drawings.

Convent at Racconigi

A smaller group of drawings prepared by Guarini or under his supervision for a convent of nuns at Racconigi, contemporary with his designs for the castello there.

Palazzo Madama

A single autograph drawing by Guarini with an unexecuted project for the salone vault in Palazzo Madama, Turin.

Palazzo Carignano

Group of drawings for Palazzo Carignano by Guarini and others. For Guarini’s palace design sequence, see numbers 114, 112, 111, and 108.

San Lorenzo

Engraving “Chiave della cupola di S. Lorenzo di Torino” on a loose sheet by an unknown engraver. The print illustrates the system of masonry arches with wooden bracing that supports the dome and is hidden at the pendentive level of San Lorenzo.

Chiesa della Consolata

Engraving of Guarini’s project for the Santuario della Consolata in Turin.  The image format corresponds to that used for the plates in Guarini’s treatise, and the engraver Jean Fayneau produced many of the other plates published in the Dissegni and later the Architettura civile.  The image was not included in the Architettura civile, however, and is found in only a few copies of the Dissegni, as well as on this loose sheet.

Attributed to Guarini

● Santa Maria della Divina Provvidenza, Lisbon

In 1998, Andrew Morrogh convincingly identified a drawing in the Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe delle Gallerie degli Uffizi as a preliminary drawing by Guarini for his unexecuted church of Santa Maria della Divina Provvidenza, Lisbon. The drawing, 2974 A, may now be consulted online thanks to the Uffizi’s Progetto Euploos, in collaboration with the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz.

For details, see: Andrew Morrogh, “Guarini and the Pursuit of Originality: The Church for Lisbon and Related Projects,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 57:1 (1998): 6-29.

● Sainte-Anne-la-Royale, Paris

The Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, possesses a plan of Sainte-Anne-la-Royale attributed to Guarini by Edoardo Piccoli (“Una pianta della Sainte-Anne-la-Royale di Guarini nel fondo de Cotte,” in G. Dardanello, S. Klaiber, and H. A. Millon, editors, Guarino Guarini (Turin: Umberto Allemandi & C., 2006): 284-289) and by the library’s own catalogue. The drawing belongs to the library’s Robert de Cotte collection, however, and may be by de Cotte himself.

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Further Information

For further information on Guarini’s drawings, consult the following works:

Augusta Lange, “Disegni e documenti di Guarino Guarini,” in V. Viale, editor, Guarino Guarini e l’internazionalità del Barocco, vol. 1 (Turin: Accademia delle scienze, 1970): 91-144.

Elisabeth Kieven, “Guarino Guarini: il disegno architettonico,” in G. Dardanello, S. Klaiber, and H. A. Millon, editors, Guarino Guarini (Turin: Umberto Allemandi & C., 2006): 28-33.

The volume also includes extensive further bibliography on recent publications treating single drawings or groups of drawings by Guarini, as well as color photographs of the most important drawings in Turin and elsewhere.

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