Artworks Catalogue

The pulpit of the minorite Church of St Peter and Paul in Ptuj, old photograph (source of the photo: Ministry of Culture, Cultural Hertiage Directorate, INDOK Centre)
The sculpture of Faith from the roof of the pulpit (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)

Location

Slovenia, Ptuj

Artwork

The pulpit of the minorite Church of St Peter and Paul in Ptuj

Type

Pulpit

Inscriptions

  1. den 9ten Mai 1752 habe ich Joseph Straub, Bildhauer von Marburg, den hohen Altar wie auch die Kanzell, so wohl vor Bildhauser als Tischler und Mahler vollständig hier her versetzt, Der Mahler ist gewesen mit Nahmen Dominicus Cagoni, der Tischler Franz Leb (on the back side of the pulpit, now lost)

Critical History

The pulpit of the minorite Church of St Peter and Paul was mentioned for the first time in the chronicle of the minorite monastery and the church written by Ludvik Pečko. He wrote that during the renovation in 1859 an inscription in pencil was found on the back side of the pulpit (Ins. 1) in which Joseph Straub wrote that he made the pulpit and the high altar. In addition, the carpenter Franz Leeb (he worked together with Straub already in Studenci) and the painter Dominicus Cagoni are mentioned.1 Later the pulpit was mentioned by Mirko Godina and discussed by Sergej Vrišer.2

The pulpit as well as the church and the monastery was demolished in the bombing in 1945. Before the demolition, France Stele took some photographs during the restoration works in the church. They allow us to determine the original appearance of the pulpit, which was placed on the southern wall of the nave, beside the altar of the Holy Cross. The balcony of the pulpit had three reliefs, two sculptures of putti and two decorative vases with flowers. On the roof of the pulpit there were also two putti with open books in their hands, a relief with the depiction of the Noah`s Ark and a sculpture of Faith with a cross at the very top of the roof. The roof of the pulpit was decorated with tassels, and on the back wall, an imitation of the drapery was fixed. Only the Faith (Fig. 1) and the putto from the balcony (Fig. 2) survived the demolition, but they suffered significant damage. Today, they are on display in the chapel of St Anthony of Padua in the church (putto) and in the monastery (Faith).

Construction / Execution

The sculptures are made of wood. The polychromy is imitating white marble.

Components

Carpentry
Carpentry
Author: Franz Leeb
Completed: 1752
Sculpture
Sculpture
Author: Joseph Straub (Wiesensteig 1712 – Maribor 1756)
Completed: 1752
Patron(s): minorite, religious order
Technique(s): wood carving
Material(s): limewood
Polychromy
Polychromy
Author: Dominicus Cagoni
Completed: 1752
Technique(s): polished white
Material(s): calcium carbonate, lead white, size
Polychromy
Repolychromy
Author: Viktor Gojkovič

Images

  1. The pulpit of the minorite Church of St Peter and Paul in Ptuj, old photograph (source of the photo: Ministry of Culture, Cultural Hertiage Directorate, INDOK Centre)
  2. The sculpture of Faith from the roof of the pulpit (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)

Catalogue entry prepared by Valentina Pavlič and Saša Dolinšek

Recommended citation: Valentina Pavlič and Saša Dolinšek, The pulpit of the minorite Church of St Peter and Paul in Ptuj, in: TrArS – Tracing the Art of the Straub Family, 2018, (accessed 05/08/2020) URL

Sources and Bibliography

  1. The Historical Archive Ptuj , Ludvik Pečko, Geschichte des Minoritenklosters und von der Pfarre St. Peter u. Paul zu Pettau, SI ZAP 70, R-32, 1861, URL
  2. Mirko Godina, Samostan sv. Petra in Pavla na Ptuju, in: Pax et bonum: spominski listi posvečeni sedemstoletnici minoritskega samostana v Ptuju, Ptuj, Minoritski samostan, 1939, 107–115
  3. Sergej Vrišer, Mariborski baročni kiparji, in: Zbornik za umetnostno zgodovino, n. v. IV, 1957, 71–127
  4. Sergej Vrišer, Baročno kiparstvo na slovenskem Štajerskem, Maribor, Obzorja, 1963
  5. Sergej Vrišer, Doneski k baročni podobi minoritske cerkve v Ptuju, in: Ptujski zbornik, 5, 1985, 339–344
  6. Sergej Vrišer, Baročna podoba cerkve sv. Petra in Pavla, Minoritski samostan na Ptuju: 1239–1989, Ptuj [i. e.], Celje, Mohorjeva družba, 1989, 295–307
  7. Sergej Vrišer, Baročno kiparstvo na slovenskem Štajerskem, Ljubljana, Slovenska matica, 1992
  8. Amadeja Pernat, Baročna oprema minoritske cerkve, in: Minoritska zbirka. Del 1, Ostanki srednjeveškega slikarstva in kiparstva ter baročne oltarne plastike iz prvotne minoritske cerkve sv. Petra in Pavla, Ptuj, Pokrajinski muzej Ptuj – Ormož, 2014

Notes

1 Ludvik Pečko, 1861, 324–325

2 Mirko Godina, 1939, 110; Sergej Vrišer, 1957, 89; Sergej Vrišer, 1963, 89, 168; Sergej Vrišer, 1985, 341–342; Sergej Vrišer, 1989, 298, 301; Sergej Vrišer, 1992, 123–124, 235