MATHEY, Jean Baptiste
(b. ca, 1630, Dijon, d. ca. 1696, Paris)

Biography

Jean Baptiste Mathey (also Matheus, Mathieu, Matthei), French architect and painter, active in Bohemia. He was a representative of classicised style of high Baroque at its beginning. In Bohemia he worked solely as a designer because he was not accepted to the builders guild. He worked for Prague archbishop, church orders (Premonstratensians, Knights of the Cross or Theatines), nobility (Sternbergs, Šliks, Wallensteins) and for the king (at the Prague castle). Models for his academic, prosaic designs were often older buildings of Romanesque style.

Mathey stayed in Prague between 1675 and 1694. To Bohemian architecture he brought some new types of secular and church buildings and new architectural elements as well.