Bonifaz Wolmut

(fl. 1522—1579)

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(b Überlingen, Lake Constance; fl 1522; d Prague, before 28 April 1579). German architect. During his apprenticeship he travelled in Germany and Hungary, and from 1522 he worked at the Stephansdom, Vienna. After 1530 he was involved in fortification works and the construction of the Vienna Hofburg (Schweizer Hof). In 1534, after the death of Benedikt Ried, he applied unsuccessfully for the post of court architect in Prague. From 1539 he was in the service of King (later Emperor) Ferdinand I. In 1547, as a guild-master, he was granted the freedom of the city of Vienna, and with Augustin Hirschvogel he drew up the town plan, one of the most important sources for the history of Vienna. In 1548 Wolmut worked for private patrons in Vienna, and in 1559 he was appointed imperial architect. He stayed in Prague after leaving the imperial service in 1566, but was later readmitted to it. After his definitive retirement in 1570 Wolmut settled in Prague, where he was granted citizenship in 1571.


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

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