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Frantisek Maxmilian Kanka

Baroque architect
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He was undoubtedly one of the most demanded and also the most expensive Czech architects in the early 18th century. He was mainly employed by prominent Czech aristocratic families, but also, although to a lesser extent, by the clergy. In 1723, Emperor Charles VI appointed him imperial architect. Contrary to architects of the High Baroque,

most of his constructions aren’t based on the characteristic undulation of convex and concave lines. His work foreshadowed the arrival of Rococo, primarily in the manner of using ornamentation. Quite surprisingly, Kanka abandoned his profession in 1734 and devoted himself to the beer industry in a brewery located in his house in Prague.


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