Giovanni Maria Filippi

(c. 1560—1626)

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(b Dasindo, nr Stenico, c. 1560; d Moravia, after 1626). Italian architect, sculptor and master builder. His earliest known work is the main doorway (1586) of the parish church at Dasindo. The architraves in this church are also attributed to him. Filippi spent some time in Rome and then was invited to Prague by Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor, who in March 1602 appointed him director of building works at Hradčany Castle, the imperial palace, succeeding Giovanni Gargiolli, who had left the imperial service in 1598. In Prague, Filippi worked alongside Joseph Heintz I for almost seven years. On 23 March 1604 Filippi submitted an estimate for the continuation of building works begun at Hradčany Castle under Gargiolli, and later that year he acted as a technical adviser in building disputes with Prague burghers. Between 1606 and 1609 he remodelled the Kaiserhaus in Plzeň.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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