STAZIO, Abbondio
(b. 1663, Massagno, d. 1757, Venezia)

Fame with the Merati Family Coat of Arms

Palazzo Merati, Venice

Among the specialists who made a decisive contribution to defining the decorative appearance of eighteenth-century interiors, stuccoworkers (plasterers) acquired a new importance. Their role alongside sculptors and painters in decorating total environments, from churches to palaces, was well-defined and helped to boost the position of the craft of stucco. Stuccowork provides the indispensable complement to the decorative finish in all kinds of spaces. The interiors of Palazzo Sagredo, the church of the Gesuiti, the Scuola Grande dei Carmini, the church of the Gesuati, and Ca' Zenobio are the most famous examples. Only rarely do signatures or documents provide us with the identity of these craftsmen who to a large extent remain anonymous. Two names come up most often: Abbondio Stazio and Carpoforo Mazzetti, who worked together.

The present picture shows a splendid group, made by Abbondio Stazio and Carpoforo Mazzetti. It surmounts the double doorway into the portego.

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