Matěj Rejsek


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(b Prostějov, Moravia [now Czech Republic], ?1445; d Kutná Hora, Bohemia, 1 July 1506). Moravian architect. He was a graduate of Charles University, Prague, and taught architectural drawing at the Týn School in the Old Town, where he was a rector from 1470. He gave up this office and entered the masons’ guild of the Old Town in 1478. Working at first under Master Václav from Žlutice, he built the ‘New Tower’ (the Powder Tower) next to the then royal residence, which was commissioned by the people of the Old Town in honour of King Vladislav II Jagiellon (reg 1471–1516), in whose presence the foundation stone was laid in 1475. The inscription Raysek de Prostieov Baccalaureus (Pragensis)mcdlxxvii is under Rejsek's sculptured self-portrait on the first floor of the west side.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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