Luigi Manini, Count of Fagagna
(1848 – 1936) was a European set designer and architect. He was born in Crema, Italy, and studied at the Brera Academy before becoming an assistant to Carlo Ferrario, the professor
of stage design
at La Scala
. Manini then moved to Portugal
to work for the Real Teatro de São Carlos
(nowadays the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos
) in 1879.
Today, Manini is best remembered for his Neo-Manueline architecture designs, especially the last palace of the kings of Portugal, the Buçaco Palace, begun in 1888 and today a prestigious hotel. Manini also designed the exuberant Quinta da Regaleira for millionaire António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro.
Manini's other work in Portugal includes:
Manini returned to Italy in 1912 and died in Brescia in 1936.
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