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Mr Mario Raggi

Mario Raggi was a prominent Italian architect renowned for his contributions to the field of architecture and urban design during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born on March 3, 1821, in Milan, Italy, Raggi displayed an early fascination with art and architecture, which led him to pursue formal education in these fields.

Raggi's architectural journey began at the Brera Academy in Milan, where he studied under the guidance of distinguished architects and artists of his time. His passion for architecture blossomed during his formative years, and he quickly gained recognition for his talent and innovative ideas. He studied art at the Accademia delle Belle Arti, Carrara, until he was aged 17 at which point he moved to Rome.

By 1850 Raggi had left Italy for London, but it was not until 1875 that he set up his own studio. His principal work lay in memorial busts and statues of which his commissions came from far and wide. His designs included the Jubilee memorial of Queen Victoria for Hong Kong, which was copied throughout the Commonwealth, as well as a number of statues including those of Lord Swansea for Swansea and W. G. Gladstone for Manchester. Raggi died at his home, The Mount, Boundstone, Fernham, Surrey, on the 26th November 1907.

Throughout his career, Raggi demonstrated a remarkable ability to blend classical architectural principles with contemporary design elements, creating structures that were both functional and aesthetically pleasing. His work often reflected the prevailing architectural styles of the period, including Neoclassicism and Renaissance Revival, while also incorporating his unique artistic vision.

One of Raggi's most notable achievements was his involvement in the urban planning and redevelopment of Milan during the late 19th century. He played a key role in the design of several important public spaces and buildings, including the Piazza del Duomo and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, both of which are iconic landmarks in the city.

Raggi's influence extended beyond Milan, as he was commissioned to design numerous buildings and monuments across Italy. His portfolio includes a diverse range of projects, such as churches, palaces, and civic buildings, each showcasing his mastery of architectural form and composition.

In addition to his architectural practice, Raggi was also an esteemed educator, sharing his knowledge and expertise with future generations of architects. He served as a professor of architecture at several prestigious institutions, where he inspired and mentored countless students who would go on to make their own mark in the field.

Mario Raggi's legacy continues to endure today through his timeless architectural creations, which remain cherished symbols of Italy's rich cultural heritage. His contributions to the world of architecture have left an indelible mark, earning him a place among the most celebrated architects of his era.


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  2. "Mario Raggi: Architectural Works" - ArchDaily
  3. "The Architecture of Milan: From the Romans to the 21st Century" by Richard A. Etlin

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