Artworks Catalogue

 The sculpture of St John of Nepomuk in Regional Museum Maribor (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
 The sculpture of St John of Nepomuk in Regional Museum Maribor, detail (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
Road chapel in Kamnica with the sculpture of St John of Nepomuk, old photograph (source of the photo: Regional Archive Maribor)
The sculpture of St John of Nepomuk in the chapel in Kamnica, old photograph (source of the photo: Regional Archive Maribor)

Location

Slovenia, Maribor

Regional Museum Maribor (Pokrajinski muzej Maribor)

Original location:

Slovenia, Kamnica pri Mariboru

Road Chapel

Artwork

The sculpture of St John of Nepomuk in Regional Museum Maribor

Type

Sculpture

Dimensions

Height: 192 cm, width: 94 cm, depth: 50 cm

Critical History

Jakob Kokl (1698–1771), parish priest in Kamnica between 1745–1771, wrote a request for a permission to hold holy masses in the chapel of St John of Nepomuk on April 18, 1771.1 The bishop from Seggau sent his answer on May 1, 1771 and allowed celebrating holy masses in the chapel, but only on working days.2 At the moment, this is the only known archival evidence of the chapel. It must have been built at least by mid 1750s, when the statue of St John of Nepomuk was placed in it. Due to political reasons, the chapel was demolished in 1959; the official excuse was that its location was the only appropriate place for a bus stop. The sculpture of St John of Nepomuk was transferred to the courtyard of the Maribor Castle (Regional Museum Maribor) on April 25, 1959 and the chapel was demolished in the following days.3 Sergej Vrišer attributed the sculpture to Joseph Straub.4

The iconography of the saint is rare: it represents St John of Nepomuk as a pilgrim on his way to a pilgrimage site Stará Boleslav (Altbunzlau) in Czech Republic.

Construction / Execution

The sculpture is made of sandstone. It is painted naturalistic with some gilded details.

Components

Sculpture
Sculpture
Author: Joseph Straub (Wiesensteig 1712 – Maribor 1756)
Technique(s): hewing
Material(s): sandstone
Polychromy
Polychromy
Technique(s): oil
Material(s): gold leaf, oil

Comment

The polychromy of the sculpture is abrased on exposed areas.

The chapel was renovated in 1936 – it got a new roof and wooden doors were substituted with iron ones.5 Marija Jarčič paid all the costs.6

Images

  1. The sculpture of St John of Nepomuk in Regional Museum Maribor (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
  2. The sculpture of St John of Nepomuk in Regional Museum Maribor, detail (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
  3. Road chapel in Kamnica with the sculpture of St John of Nepomuk, old photograph (source of the photo: Regional Archive Maribor)
  4. The sculpture of St John of Nepomuk in the chapel in Kamnica, old photograph (source of the photo: Regional Archive Maribor)

Catalogue entry prepared by Valentina Pavlič and Saša Dolinšek

Recommended citation: Valentina Pavlič and Saša Dolinšek, The sculpture of St John of Nepomuk in Regional Museum Maribor, in: TrArS – Tracing the Art of the Straub Family, 2018, (accessed 17/10/2018) URL

Sources and Bibliography

  1. Archiepiscopal Archives of Maribor, Župnija Kamnica, in: Fasc 1A, šk. 2.
  2. Sergej Vrišer, Baročno kiparstvo na slovenskem Štajerskem, Maribor, Obzorja, 1963
  3. Sergej Vrišer, Mariborski muzej II: umetnostna zbirka, Maribor, Obzorja, 1979
  4. Sergej Vrišer, Baročno kiparstvo na slovenskem Štajerskem, Ljubljana, Slovenska matica, 1992

Notes

1 Archiepiscopal Archives of Maribor, Župnija Kamnica, Fasc 1A, šk. 2; the transcripton was provided by Vinko Munda (Vinko Munda, 19??, 153).

2 Archiepiscopal Archives of Maribor, Župnija Kamnica, Fasc 1A, šk. 2; the transcripton was provided by Vinko Munda (Vinko Munda, 19??, 153).

3 Vinko Munda, 19??, 154.

4 Sergej Vrišer, 1963, 169; Sergej Vrišer, 1979, 26; Sergej Vrišer, 1992, 235.

5 Vinko Munda, 19??, 154.

6 Vinko Munda, 19??, 154.