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Hans Alberthal


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[Johann] (b?Roveredo, nr Bellinzona, c. 1575–80; d Pressburg, Hungary [now Bratislava, Slovakia], c. 1657). Swiss–Italian architect. He was probably the most important member of a large family group of masons originating from the Swiss canton of Grisons and resident from c. 1600 at Dillingen on the River Danube; Alberthal's presence there is recorded until 1623. The Protestant parish church at Haunsheim (Swabia, Germany) was built by Alberthal (from 1603) to a design by Joseph Heintz I. From c. 1610 he was Master Builder to the bishops of Augsburg and Eichstätt, while continuing to accept commissions from other patrons and erect-ing a series of buildings over a wide area. For example, at Eichstätt he erected a bishop's palace, the Willibaldsburg (from 1609), to another architect's plan, and the Jesuit church (1617–20), also following another architect's plan. At Dillingen itself he built the Jesuit church of the Ascension (from 1610) to a design by another architect, as well as a hall church, the parish church of St Peter (1619–29), probably to his own design. He also built the tower of the former court church of St Maria (c. 1630) at Neuburg an der Donau to a design attributed to Johann Serro (fl 1630–70). In 1639 Alberthal is referred to in a Dillingen source as ‘Imperial Master Builder at Pressburg’. His presence there was probably due to his Augsburg patron, who may have had contacts there and who secured commissions for Alberthal in Hungary.

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From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Renaissance Art.



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