(b Helling, 1541; d Sandhofen, 12 Feb 1617). German builder and architect. He became a master builder at Nuremberg and entered the service of the Nuremberg council as a municipal carpenter and waterway engineer (1580). His most important work here, done in collaboration with the architects Jakob Wolff I and II, was the Fleischbrücke (1596–8) over the river Pegnitz, modelled on the Rialto Bridge in Venice. In 1616 he was summoned to Heidelberg by Elector Frederick V (reg 1610–23) of the Palatinate to solve structural problems at the construction of the Dicker Turm (begun 1614), in the north-west of the palace complex. For the Heidelberg ‘Theatrum’ housed in it, he contrived a grandiose suspended construction. He was then commissioned by the Elector to work on the fortifications at Mannheim and to collaborate in restoration work at Frankenthal and Sandhofen. Peter's son Hans Johann Carl (b Nuremberg, 13 Jan 1587; d Nuremberg, 14 June 1665) was a noted architect and armourer.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.