Cosimo Morelli

Cosimo Morelli – originally from Ticino, Switzerland, but born in Imola – was the most sought-after architect in the Papal States in the second half of the eighteenth century and was one of the most active exponents of the neoclassical movement in Italy. He was particularly active in Imola where he was responsible for the construction and renovation of many buildings, becoming an up-and-coming figure in the architectural field during a transformation process that changed the face of the city.

 

He was able to rely on a trusted group of artisans in his pay, as well as valuable partnerships with the painters Alessandro Dalla Nave, Antonio Villa and Angelo Gottarelli. Works by Cosimo Morelli include the final stages of the renovation of the town hall, the new hospital outside the city walls and the neoclassical refurbishment of the Church of Santa Maria in Regola.