Gagini family [Gaggini; Gazini; Gazzini]
- Hanno-Walter Kruft
[Gaggini; Gazini; Gazzini]
Italian family of sculptors, masons and architects. One branch of the family, which came from Bissone, Ticino, was active in Genoa from the 15th century. (1) Domenico Gagini initially worked there, as did his nephew (2) Elia Gagini and their relation (3) Giovanni Gagini. In the early 16th century Giovanni’s brother (4) Pace Gagini collaborated with Antonio della Porta (see Porta, della family, §1), his and Giovanni’s uncle, on work that included French and Spanish commissions. The Gagini workshop was organized along medieval lines: they produced works in collaboration, combining the skills of mason and sculptor. Their work was chiefly of a decorative and ornamental nature, figurative sculpture being of secondary importance. They remained active in Genoa until the 19th century.
Domenico, one of the most innovative members of the family, settled in Sicily between 1458 and 1463 and founded a separate branch that remained active until the 17th century. Domenico’s son ...