Giovanni Battista Falda

Valduggia, 1643

Giovanni Battista Falda (Valduggia, 7 December 1643 – Rome, 22 August 1678) was an Italian architect, engraver and artist. He is known for his engravings of both contemporary and antique structures of Rome.

Falda was sent as a boy to Rome, to work in the studio of Bernini, and his draughtsmanship caught the eye of the publisher Giovanni Giacomo de Rossi. He engraved for Le fontane di Roma (Fountains in Rome) and for Palazzi di Roma (Palaces of Rome). The former books were expanded after Falda’s death with engravings by Francesco Venturini. The latter was published in 1655 in collaboration with Pietro Ferrerio.

He is sometimes known as ‘Falda da Valduggia’ because of his birthplace.

His works became particularly popular with the first waves of Grand Tour participants during the latter parts of the 17th century and Falda became a commercial success as a result. His works appealed to tourists keen to retain a detailed and accurate representation of those parts of Rome they had visited.

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