Albrecht Wenzel Eusebius von Wallenstein

male / Bohemian
nobleman, art collector
Wallenstein became in 1622 an imperial count palatine, in 1623 a prince, and in 1625 Duke of Friedland. He built in 1623-30 Wallenstein Palace in Prague, he only lived there for a year before his death, his widow sold the palace to his nephew and it remained in the Wallenstein family until 1945. The palace was constructed by Italian architects as Andrea Spezza and in 1628 succeeded by Niccolo Sebregondi; the interior was decorated by the Florentine architect and painter Baccio del Bianco (1604-1656), he painted the ceiling fresco in the main hall and paintings in the chapel. The garden was designed in the Italian style with an aviary, a grotto and a fountain by Adrian de Vries (c. 1545-1626), and a sala terrena (garden pavilion) with bronze statues; the statues by De Vries were looted by the Swedish army in 1648 and today only copies are shown in the garden.
Heřmanice nad Labem 1583-09-24
Hermanitz an der Elbe
Cheb (Czech Republic) 1634-02-25
He was assassinated at Eger in Bohemia by one of the army's officials, an Irish general, Walter Devereux, with the emperor's approval.
Family relationships
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Albrecht von Wallenstein come from a poor Protestant branch of the Wallenstein (Waldstein) family, he is the son of Vilem von Wallenstein and Markéta Smiřická von Wallensteon nee of Smiřice (d. 1593). In 1609 he married Lucretia of Vickov née Nekšová, of Landek a wealthy widow of Arkleb of Vickov. In 1623 he married secondly Isabella Katherina daughter of Count Harrach. They had two children: a son who died in infancy and a daughter. Due to his two marriages he became one of the wealthiest men in Bohemia.
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De Vries was commisioned to make a fountain and sculptures for Walllenstein's garden.
Biographical information
Period of activity
1604 - 1634
Active in
  • 1595 - 1597
    he lived after the death of his parents with his maternal uncle Heinrich (Jindřich) Slavata of Chlum and Košumberk
  • Luže 1597
    his uncle sent him to the brethren's school at Košumberk Castle
  • Złotoryja 1597 - 1599
    He was send to the Protestant Latin school
  • Altdorf bei Nürnberg 1599 - 1600
    he continued his education at the Protestant University of Altdorf near Nuremberg
  • Duitsland 1600 - 1604
  • Frankrijk 1600 - 1604
  • Bologna 1600 - 1604
    studied at university
  • Padua 1600 - 1604
    studied at university; by now he was fluent in German, Czech, Latin and Italian and could speak French and Spanish
  • Hongarije 1604 - 1606
    joined the army of Emperor Rudolf II
  • Olomouc 1606
    studied at university
  • 1607
    chamberlain at the court of Matthias (1557-1619) later Holy Roman Emperor from 1612, king of Hungrary and Croatia from 1608 and king of Bohemia from 1611; later he became chamberlain to archdukes Ferdinand and Maximilian
  • Dessau (Saksen-Anhalt) 1626-04-25
    Present at The Battle of Dessau Bridge. a battle of the Thirty Year's War
  • Schlesien (hist. regio) 1627
    Wallenstein cleared Silesia of the remnants of Mansfeld's army
  • Praag 1633 - 1634
    lived in Wallenstein Palace in Malá Strana
  • Pilsen (Westböhmen) 1633-12 - 1634-02-23
    Wallenstein was acaused of treason by the Emperor, Ferdinand II ordered to have Wallenstein brought under arrest to Vienna, dead or alive; on 23 February Wallenstein was traveling from Pilsen to Eger
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Creation date: 2018-06-25; Last modified date: 2023-01-05


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