Spazio family [Spatio; Spatz; Spaz; Spezza]
- Peter Fidler
- and Věra Naňková
[Spatio; Spatz; Spaz; Spezza]
Central European family of artists of Italian descent. They were active from the 16th to the 18th centuries. The family had several branches, and consequently precise relationships are sometimes difficult to establish. The various branches were spread over a wide area, being based mainly in Prague, Vienna, Linz and Krems. The architect Lucius Spazio (fl 1512–41) is recorded in Trent and the South Tyrol in 1512. Between 1534 and 1541 he was involved in the building programme of Emperor Ferdinand I in Innsbruck. From 1536 to 1538 he was working on the construction of the hall and parvis (destr.) at the Hofburg in Innsbruck, and in 1541 he submitted designs for a chancellory at the Neuhof there. Johann Jakob Spazio (b Lanzo, ?1575; d Vienna, 14 April 1654), imperial architect of fortifications in Vienna, is documented in Vienna from 1616 and as early as 1622 is mentioned as architect of fortifications. In ...