Artworks Catalogue

The sculpture of St Joseph in Slivnica pri Mariboru (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
The sculpture of St Joseph in Slivnica pri Mariboru (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
The sculpture of St Joseph in Slivnica pri Mariboru, detail (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
The sculpture of St Joseph in Slivnica pri Mariboru – original location, old photograph (source of the photo: Ministry of Culture, Cultural Hertiage Directorate, INDOK Centre)
The sculpture of St Joseph in Slivnica pri Mariboru – original location, old photograph (source of the photo: Ministry of Culture, Cultural Hertiage Directorate, INDOK Centre)
The sculpture of St Joseph in Slivnica pri Mariboru, back side – original location, old photograph (source of the photo: Ministry of Culture, Cultural Hertiage Directorate, INDOK Centre)

Location

Slovenia, Slivnica pri Mariboru

In front of the parish church in Slivnica pri Mariboru

Original location:

Slovenia, Slivnica pri Mariboru

Beside the main road in Slivnica pri Mariboru

Artwork

The sculpture of St Joseph with Jesus in Slivnica pri Mariboru

Type

Sculpture

Dimensions

Height: 244 cm, width: 115 cm, depth: 80 cm

Critical History

The sculpture of St Joseph was attributed to Joseph Straub by Sergej Vrišer. It’s original position was beside the main road in Slivnica pri Mariboru, but it was knocked down in 1943.1 On September 7, 1978, the sculpture was transferred and installed on the stone wall in front of the parish church in Slivnica, where it remains to this day.2

Construction / Execution

The sculpture is made of sandstone and it is rather massive. It has smoothened backside.

Components

Sculpture
Sculpture
Author: Joseph Straub (Wiesensteig 1712 – Maribor 1756)
Technique(s): hewing
Material(s): sandstone

Comment

The sculpture suffered significant damage already before 1978, when it was moved to the wall in front of the church: Jesus´s head was missing as well as the fingers of Joseph`s left hand. Today the whole Joseph’s hand is missing as well as the right hand of Jesus. The sculpture had bad repolychromy in the past, but it has been removed. The sculpture is badly damaged by weather influence because it has no roof above to protect it, even though there were several initiatives and discussions about providing it already in the past.3

Images

  1. The sculpture of St Joseph in Slivnica pri Mariboru (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
  2. The sculpture of St Joseph in Slivnica pri Mariboru (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
  3. The sculpture of St Joseph in Slivnica pri Mariboru, detail (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
  4. The sculpture of St Joseph in Slivnica pri Mariboru – original location, old photograph (source of the photo: Ministry of Culture, Cultural Hertiage Directorate, INDOK Centre)
  5. The sculpture of St Joseph in Slivnica pri Mariboru – original location, old photograph (source of the photo: Ministry of Culture, Cultural Hertiage Directorate, INDOK Centre)
  6. The sculpture of St Joseph in Slivnica pri Mariboru, back side – original location, old photograph (source of the photo: Ministry of Culture, Cultural Hertiage Directorate, INDOK Centre)

Catalogue entry prepared by Valentina Pavlič and Saša Dolinšek

Recommended citation: Valentina Pavlič and Saša Dolinšek, The sculpture of St Joseph with Jesus in Slivnica pri Mariboru, in: TrArS – Tracing the Art of the Straub Family, 2018, (accessed 05/08/2020) URL

Sources and Bibliography

  1. Sergej Vrišer, Mariborski baročni kiparji, in: Zbornik za umetnostno zgodovino, n. v. IV, 1957, 71–127
  2. Sergej Vrišer, Baročno kiparstvo na slovenskem Štajerskem, Maribor, Obzorja, 1963
  3. Sergej Vrišer, Baročno kiparstvo na slovenskem Štajerskem, Ljubljana, Slovenska matica, 1992

Notes

1 Sergej Vrišer, 1957, 95; Sergej Vrišer, 1963, 169; Sergej Vrišer, 1992, 236.

2 The documentation about the sculpture, kept at the Maribor Regional Office of the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia.

3 The documentation about the sculpture, kept at the Maribor Regional Office of the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia.