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Carlo Rainaldi (4 May 16118 February 1691) was an Italianmarker architect of the Baroque period.

Born in Romemarker, Rainaldi was one of the leading architects of 17th century Rome, known for a certain grandeur in his designs. He worked at first with his father, Girolamo Rainaldi, a late Mannerist architect in Rome. After his father's death, he fully embraced the monumental Baroque style. He gained ascendancy in Rome when the Barberini papacy of Pope Urban VIII was replaced by that of the more austere Pamphilj papacy of Innocent X. His works include the façade of Sant'Andrea della Valle (1661-65), the twin churches of Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria in Montesanto, and Santa Maria in Campitellimarker (1663-67), considered his finest work. He was unable to complete the facade of Sant'Agnese in Agonemarker during work in 1653-57.

Beyond his work as an architect in stone, Rainaldi also designed stage sets for religious rituals and events. In 1650, he designed the sets for the Quarant'ore, or Forty Hours Devotion, held in the church of Il Gesùmarker. In 1665, he designed a catafalque commemorating the death of Philip IV of Spain.

Rainaldi died in Romemarker.


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