Jakob Kurrer


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(b Ingolstadt, 1585; d Ebersberg, nr Munich, 16 Oct 1647). German architect. He trained as a mason in Ingolstadt and, after entering the Jesuit Order in January 1611 as a building consultant and agent, he was subsequently commissioned by the Order (then undergoing a period of great expansion) to work in many different locations. From 1611 he supervised the construction of the east wing of the novitiate at Landsberg am Lech and in 1614 advised on the construction of the Jesuit house at Rheinau (1614; not completed). He was also active in projects at Ensisheim in Alsace (1615; then from 1628). In 1619, 1620–21 and 1623 Kurrer took part in the planning and construction of the Jesuit church in Innsbruck, for which several architects including Johann Matthias Kager from Augsburg had also produced plans; Hans Alberthal from Dillingen acted as foreman.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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