Artworks Catalogue

Ecce Homo, triumphal arch, pilgrimage church Mariahilf, Graz (photo by Anja Lindbichler, 2018)
Ecce Homo, detail, triumphal arch, pilgrimage church Mariahilf, Graz (photo by Anja Lindbichler, 2018)
Ecce Homo, triumphal arch, pilgrimage church Mariahilf, Graz (photo by Anja Lindbichler, 2018)
4.	Mater Dolorosa, triumphal arch, pilgrimage church Mariahilf, Graz (photo by Anja Lindbichler, 2018)
Mater Dolorosa, detail, triumphal arch, pilgrimage church Mariahilf, Graz (photo by Anja Lindbichler, 2018)
Mater Dolorosa, detail, triumphal arch, pilgrimage church Mariahilf, Graz (photo by Anja Lindbichler, 2018)

Location

Austria, Styria, Graz

Pilgrimage Church Mariahilf (Wallfahrtskirche Mariahilf)

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Artwork

The sculptures Ecce Homo and Mater Dolorosa on the triumphal arch of the pilgrimage church Mariahilf

Type

Sculptural group

Critical History

The sculptural group depicting Ecce Homo and Mater Dolorosa was created by Philipp Jakob Straub between 1740 and 1750.1 The statues are located left and right of the church’s triumphal arch on two remarkable baroque consoles. On the left one, Christ is standing with tied hands and the crown of thorns on his head. His right leg is stretched aside in an unnatural way and his standing motif appears quite unstable. The head is turned to the left side and shows big eyes with a sorrowful expression. It is a highly realistic depiction, strengthened by the drops of blood trickling out of the wounds. The Mater Dolorosa – his counterpart on the right side – shows the same sensitive expression on her face with tears trickling down her big eyes. Her right hand is outstretched, while the other one is led to the heart in which a sword is sticking. She is wrapped in several layers of flowing draperies.

The sculptures are attributable to the beginning of Straub’s middle period: The sculptures are even more expressive and vivacious in their gesture, clothing and physiognomy.2

Construction / Execution

The sculptures are made of carved wood and they are standing on consoles, which are directly connected to the wall.

Components

Sculpture
Author: Philipp Jakob Straub (Wiesensteig 1706 – Graz 1774)
Completed: 1740 – 1750
Technique(s): wood carving
Material(s): wood
Polychromy
Completed: 1740 – 1750

Images

  1. Ecce Homo, triumphal arch, pilgrimage church Mariahilf, Graz (photo by Anja Lindbichler, 2018)
  2. Ecce Homo, detail, triumphal arch, pilgrimage church Mariahilf, Graz (photo by Anja Lindbichler, 2018)
  3. Ecce Homo, triumphal arch, pilgrimage church Mariahilf, Graz (photo by Anja Lindbichler, 2018)
  4. 4. Mater Dolorosa, triumphal arch, pilgrimage church Mariahilf, Graz (photo by Anja Lindbichler, 2018)
  5. Mater Dolorosa, detail, triumphal arch, pilgrimage church Mariahilf, Graz (photo by Anja Lindbichler, 2018)
  6. Mater Dolorosa, detail, triumphal arch, pilgrimage church Mariahilf, Graz (photo by Anja Lindbichler, 2018)

Catalogue entry prepared by Christina Pichler and Margit Stadlober

Recommended citation: Christina Pichler and Margit Stadlober, The sculptures Ecce Homo and Mater Dolorosa on the triumphal arch of the pilgrimage church Mariahilf, in: TrArS – Tracing the Art of the Straub Family, 2018, (accessed 20/08/2018) URL

Sources and Bibliography

  1. Dehio. Die Kunstdenkmäler Österreichs. Graz, Wien, Verlag Anton Schroll & Co, 1979
  2. Horst Schweigert, Philipp Jakob Straub (1706–1774). Ein Grazer Barockbildhauer, in: Studien zur Kunstgeschichte Steiermarks, Horst Schweigert (ed.), Kumberg, Sublilium Schaffer Verlag, 1992, 309–329

Notes

1 Dehio Graz, 1979, 160

2 Horst Schweigert, 2017, 318