Burnacini, Lodovico Ottavio Freiherr von#
b. Mantua (Italy) (?), 1636, d. Vienna, Dec. 12, 1707, Italian theatre architect and set designer, succeeded his father Giovanni Burnacini as set designer at the Imperial Court in Vienna; not only did he design decorations, stage machines and costumes for all theatre performances at court for almost 50 years, he was also the favourite architect of Emperor Leopold I; B. constructed one wing of the Imperial Palace, renovated the Favorita and created 1666-1668 the Theater auf der Cortina in the location of the future court library, 1676/77 altered parts of Laxenburg castle, 1683 directed the reconstruction of Ebersdorf castle, 1687 designed the "Plague Column" on "Graben" square in Vienna and designed several monuments; his figurines and sketches are now in the Austrian Theatre Museum in Vienna.
Literature#F. Biach-Schiffmann, G. and L. B., Theater u. Feste am Wr. Hofe, 1931; F. Hadamowsky, Das Hoftheater Leopolds I. und das Kostuemwerk des L. O. B., 1948; S. Solf, Festdekoration und Groteske. Der Wr. Buehnenbildner L. O. B., 1975.