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Bohemian family of patrons and collectors. The family, originally from Moravia, is documented from the 13th century. By the 16th century it was one of the most powerful and wealthy families in Bohemia. Vilém of Pernštejn (b 1435; d Pardubice, 8 April 1521), High Steward of Bohemia and President of the royal council, had his medieval castles at Pernštejn (see Pernštejn castle), Helfštejn, Potštejn, Kunětická Hora and Pardubice renovated in the Late Gothic style and fortified from the 1490s. Pardubice was fortified (1511–15) and the castle enlarged with three new wings around an arcaded court, with a chapel and two vaulted halls. After 1507 the parish church of St Bartholomew was reconstructed, probably by the master builder Pavel, who was also involved in the extension of the town, following the instructions of Vilém of Pernštejn, who prescribed a regular shape and a uniform height of the houses.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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