Spanish architect of the late-Baroque period, whose work veered strongly in the direction of Neo-Classicism. He worked under Sacchetti on the Royal Palace, Madrid (1735–50), and then designed the Church of San Marcos, Madrid (1749–53—with a plan featuring interlocking ellipses partly derived from Juvarra's design for San Filippo Neri, Turin (1730–2), internal elevational treatments influenced by the work of Borromini, and a concave façade the disposition of which recalls that of Bernini's Sant'Andrea al Quirinale, Rome (1658–70) ). He fused Baroque and Neo-Classical themes at Pamplona Cathedral (designed 1783—with prostyle tetrastyle Corinthian portico set between two towers), but his College of Surgery, Barcelona (commissioned 1760) was severe and stripped, much influenced by French Neo-Classical theory. Among his other works may be cited the Baroque Chapel of the Virgin, Nuestra Señora del Pilar, Saragossa (1750), the Chapel of the Trasparente in Cuenca Cathedral (1753—influenced by Tomé's work at Toledo), and several churches in Andalucia.
Kubler & Soria (1959);Malave (1984d);Placzek (ed.) (1982);Reese (1976);Jane Turner (1996)