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Italian family of architects, active in Bohemia. The family helped introduce a more austere, Tuscan style into Bohemian architecture, replacing the decorative Lombard style but retaining such vernacular features as the pitched roof. The exact relationship between the family members is unclear. Giovanni Maria Aostalli (b Pambio; d Prague, 1567) assisted Giovanni Spazio in 1538 at the Belvedere Villa in Prague and succeeded him during its construction (1539–45). From 1545 to 1562 he was Master of the Works at the Hradčany in Prague, assisted in 1548 by his sons Pietro Aostalli and Andrea Maria Aostalli (b?Pambio; d Prague, 1586–7), as well as by his relative Ulrico Aostalli (b Savosa; d Prague, 10 May 1597). In 1555 Giovanni Maria began the Hvezda at Bila Hora, outside Prague, to the designs of Archduke Ferdinand I (later Emperor). In 1559 he, Giuseppe Soldata and the mason Giovanni from Campione (fl 1537–63) produced a plan for the Diet Hall at the Hradcaˇny in Prague. This was rejected, however, in favour of plans by Bonifaz Wolmut. Giovanni Battista Aostalli (b Savosa; d Poděbrady, 31 July 1575) worked with a group of masons, including his brothers Antonio Aostalli, Francesco Aostalli and Stefano Aostalli, at the Hradčany in Prague, especially on the Belvedere, the garden palace. In 1550–64 Giovanni Battista remodelled and enlarged the royal castle at Poděbrady, adding loggias and open arcaded stairs, and later (1572) a rusticated gateway. He also rebuilt the Gothic church at Poděbrady, but his major work was the monumental, symmetrical west wing (1568–71) of the great Renaissance house at Litomyšl of the noble Pernštejn family. He may also have designed the palace of the noble Rožmberk family in Prague, built in 1545–56 by Giovanni Fontana, arcaded along two sides of the courtyard and with impressive gables, as at Litomyšl.


From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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