Giovanni Stazio

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(b Massagno, nr Lugano; d Massagno, between 3 Jan and 20 April 1595). Swiss architect–builder, active in Bohemia. He settled in Plzeň, where, in 1561, he bought a house adjoining the town hall, on the main square. He worked on modifying the house until 1565, but then exchanged it for another, which he still owned at the time of his death. The most important building ascribed to Stazio is the town hall in Plzeň, constructed in 1554–9 in the manner of a Tuscan palazzo, with a rusticated ground floor and a vaulted hall running through the main and the low second floors. It is not documented whether Stazio was the architect or only the master builder. The attic, of Czech stylistic origin, seems to be a later addition dating from the 1570s. Some elements in the design of the town hall suggest that Stazio also participated in the construction of the castles of Florian Griesbeck von Griesbach at Kaceřov or at Nelahozeves during the same period. He may also have designed several fine houses in Plzeň, including that built in 1582–4 by the mason Giovanni Merigliano (1488–1558).

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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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