0276 An Unpublished Lutheran Church Design by Valentin von Saebisch

  • Marek Świdrak (Author)

    Marek Świdrak is a PhD student in art history at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków preparing a dissertation under supervision of Dr. hab. Andrzej Betlej. He graduated in law (MA), history of art (BA, MA) and heritage studies (BA). His research focuses on Early Modern Central European architecture, monument protection law and cultural heritage management. Employee of the International Cultural Centre in Kraków and research assistant at the Institute of Art History of the Jagiellonian University. Member of the Polish National Committee of ICOMOS and Collegium Invisibile.

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The unpublished legacy of Valentin von Saebisch (1577–1657), arguably Silesia’s most eminent architect in the former half of the seventeenth century, includes a set of four drawings representing a Lutheran church design. This post-and-beam design stands out from other examples of this kind with its richness and variety. This important testimony to church architecture, perished in the ravages of the Thirty Years’ War, has yet to be fully investigated by researchers. The design by Saebisch is a perfect testimony to the reception of Prague architecture created under the reign of Emperor Rudolf II (1552–1612) and the technical standards used by the architects of that time.


Valentin von Saebisch, sacred architecture, Lutheran architecture, Protestant architecture, post-and-beam architecture, architectural design