Florian Griesbeck von Griesbach


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(b Innsbruck, 18 Dec 1509; d 29 March 1588). Austrian diplomat and patron, active in Bohemia. He was the second son of Georg Griesbeck, councillor to the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I. After studying in Paris he accompanied the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V to the Diet of Augsburg in 1530. Subsequently he entered the service of the future Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I, then King of Hungary and Bohemia, settled in Bohemia and in 1532 became secretary to the King and the Royal Chamber of Bohemia. As a councillor, he was several times entrusted with important diplomatic tasks. Although he was a Catholic, his numerous sons were Protestants, and he corresponded with the reformer Philipp Melanchthon (1497–1560). Among several castles that Griesbeck had built or restored is the four-winged Kaceřov Castle, which had the first Renaissance arcades (1540) in the classical style in Central Europe. At Nelahozeves Castle near Prague the court architect Bonifaz Wolmut enlarged the original east wing (1553) to produce a three-winged château with corner bastions, richly decorated with figural sgraffiti and with original, complicated arcades with Mannerist traits. Griesbeck also had a large palace with a garden constructed in Prague in 1568. Bonifaz Wolmut also added the first classicizing façade (1575–81) in church architecture north of the Alps to the Gothic church at Kralovice, near Kaceřov, and designed its burial chapel for the Griesbecks, which contains an elaborate memorial (1593) for Florian Griesbeck von Griesbach, with paintings by Hans Bulleus.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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