Carlo Lurago (also spelled Luraghi) (1615 – 22 October 1684) was an Italian architect, who was most active in Prague.
He was born in
Pellio Superiore in the Val d'Intelvi, near Como. At the age of 23, as an already an accomplished plasterer, he moved to Prague. He would build several different Jesuit churches and cloisters there, including some at the Clementinum, in the early baroque style. His first commission was the stucco decoration on the gothic St. Saviour Church in Prague. He also worked on the Saint Eligius Chapel there in 1654, before his work was redone by Domenico Orsi.
Lurago was also successful outside of
Bohemia. He developed the plans for the Passau Cathedral. It is notable because the main altar has a series of flat elliptical domes. This arch design foreshadows many other buildings of the baroque style. Another notable example of his work is the pilgrimage church of Maria Taferl, which had to be completed by Jakob Prandtauer after Lurago died in Passau.
Projects [ edit ]
1637–1659: Baroque City Hall,
Náchod 1638–1648: St. Saviour, Prague
1640–1642: Jesuit Church and College House,
Březnice 1650–1659: Modifications and enlargement of Náchod Castle
c. 1650: Modification of the Church of St. Mary-under-the-Chain,
Malá Strana, Prague 1651: Modification of the Lobkowicz Palace, Prague
Clementinum, Staré Město, Prague 1653–1658: Modification and baroquification of the castle annex for the Counts of Herberstein,
Gorzanów, Powiat of Kłodzko, Silesia 1654–1666: Jesuit Church of the Assumption,
Hradec Králové 1654–1679: St. Ignatius Church,
Klatovy (Klattau) 1655–1661: Modification of the Castle in
Nové Město nad Metují 1657–1739: Saint-John-under-the-Cliff, (Svatý Jan pod Skalou),
Beroun District 1658: "Stone Birdhouses", Prague
1659–1674: Cloister of the pilgrimage church of
Svatá Hora near Příbram 1578–1653: Clementinum, St. Salvator (Kostel svatého Salvátora), Staré Město, Prague
1654–1690: Jesuit College
Kłodzko, Silesia 1663–1668: Cloister "im Waldl",
Kladno 1664: New Inn,
Tursko 1665–1670: Saint Ignatius Church (Kostel svatého Ignáce), Prague
1666–1668: Hunting lodges for Humprecht Jan
Czernin von und zu Chudenitz, Sobotka 1668:
St. Stephan's Cathedral, Passau 1670: Pilgrimage church of
Maria Taferl im Poggstal 1673: Professhaus Sankt Nikolaus in Malá Strana, Prague
1688: Remodeling of St. Ignatius Church in
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The information in this article is based on that in its German equivalent.