Sculptor par excellence (300 years)

29.06.2017 | 23:16
Sculptor par excellence (300 years)

Pilsen born Ignác František Platzer, a Czech sculptor and founder of a family workshop, was born on 7 July 1717 as the son of a woodcarver and stonemason, Jan Benedikt Platzer. His works of art can be found in both Prague and Vienna.

A representative of late Baroque and Classicism, he studied at the Vienna Academy where, under the simultaneous infl uence of progressive Viennese sculpture and the home-grown Baroque giants Matyaš Braun and the Brokoff family, he found his own personal style. He settled in Prague in 1744 and established a productive sculpture workshop, which was in operation thanks to his many off - spring until 1907. He became a leading Czech sculptor and was awarded many prestigious contracts. He left behind extensive work including church woodcuts, reliefs, and architectural fi gures. Among his most famous works are the Battle of Titans above the gate at the entrance to the First Courtyard of Prague Castle. This was as well as stone sculptures and wood carvings for monasteries in Zbraslav and Teplá and for Dobříš and Hořín chateaus. He also accepted an invitation from Empress Maria Theresa to Vienna in 1773, where he created three sculptures for the Schönbrunn Palace. He died on 27.9.1787 and is buried at the Lesser Town Cemetery in Prague.

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