Antonín Arnošt Freiherr Mitrowicz was born in 1735 in Banská Štiavnica. For many years, he served in the army in many ranks, last as Major General, and he was named a “c. and k. true chamberlain”. His military career ended in 1778 when he lost his leg during an artillery attack and was retired early. After that, he moved to Brno and in the following year he bought
an estate with a garden in Old Brno, where a villa with
a magnificent garden delimited by the Svratka river lead were built in the years 1779-1794. Antonín Arnošt also became one of the main benefactors of the Brno University and was also
a member of the Brno lodge of the Freemasons.