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date: 09 April 2020

Gambello familylocked

  • William L. Anthes jr


Italian family of artists.

(fl 1458; d Venice, 1481).

Architect and sculptor. His documented work is limited to one important building, the wealthy monastic church of S Zaccaria, Venice, to which he was appointed proto (chief architect) in 1458, and with which he was closely associated until his death. S Zaccaria holds a pivotal position between Gothic and Renaissance architecture in Venice, although the church was unfinished on Gambello’s death and was completed by Mauro Codussi between 1483 and c. 1490. Gambello’s progress was delayed by frequent journeys abroad at the behest of the Venetian government, to design and inspect fortifications. He was firstly responsible for extensive alterations to the earlier, Gothic church of S Zaccaria, parts of which were incorporated into the new structure. These alterations are all in a late, purely Gothic style. Gambello’s new church has a spacious three-bay nave terminating at the east end in an ambulatory with radiating chapels, the only example in the city before Baldassare Longhena’s nave (begun ...

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U. Thieme and F. Becker, eds: Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart, 37 vols (Leipzig, 1907–50) [see also Meissner above]