SPAVENTO, Giorgio
(b. ca. 1440, Venezia, d. 1509, Venezia)

Biography

Italian architect and engineer, active in Venice. Projects he was associated with include repairs to the campanile of San Marco (1489); the new east wing of the Doge's Palace (1496); the restoration of the Palazzo della Ragione in Vicenza; repairs to the old, wooden Rialto Bridge in Venice and the Ponte delle Navi in Verona (1502); the Lidi (coastal defences) of Venice; the church of San Niccolò di Castello (consecrated 1503, demolished c. 1810); the rebuilding of the Fondaco dei Tedeschi; and the church of San Salvator. The last two projects are considered his most important surviving works although they were largely executed by others.

Spavento was was the architect of the external staircase of the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo.