(b Arogno, Ticino, before 1550; d Arogno, 29 March 1629). Italian architect, active in south Bohemia and Moravia. He reconstructed the castles of the Rožmberk dynasty at Česky Krumlov, where in 1580 he introduced an arcaded gallery into the great 13th-century tower, and Bechyně, to which he added a hall and new wings around a courtyard (1580–84). He was probably responsible for the Renaissance dwellings and a terrace (1581) added to the medieval fortress of Helfštejn in eastern Moravia. At Česky Krumlov he built the dormitory of the Jesuit College (1586–8) to a design by P. Alexander, and he built and decorated the villa of Kurzweil (now Kratochvíle; 1580–89; with Antonio Melana) for Vilém Rožmberk (d 1592) in a symmetrical ensemble with a chapel and a garden unusual at that time in central Europe, possibly influenced by the Neugebäude in Vienna.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.