Matthias of Arras
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|Matthias of Arras|
Arras, Kingdom of France (present-day France)
Prague, Kingdom of Bohemia (present-day Czech Republic)
|Notable work||St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague|
Matthias of Arras (c.1290–1352), sometimes spelled as Matthew of Arras (Czech: Matyáš z Arrasu, German: Matthias von Arras, French: Mathieu d'Arras) was a French architect, famed for his work on St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague.
Matthias was born in Arras, but little else is known about his early life. In 1344 he was summoned to Prague from the papal court of Avignon by Charles IV to lead works on the newly founded Saint Vitus Cathedral. He is also widely recognized as the architect of Karlstein Castle, although this fact is not fully authenticated. His involvement in the design of the New Town of Prague is also not completely certain.
- Mencl Václav: Czech Architecture of the Luxemburg Period, Artia, Prague, 1955
- České umění gotické, Prague, 1970
- V. Mencl: Poklasická gotika jižní Francie a Švábska a její vztah ke gotice české. In Umění 19, 1971, page 217.
- A. Merhautová: Katedrála sv. Víta v Praze, Prague 1994
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