Artworks Catalogue

Two sculptures of angels in Kočno ob Ložnici (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
The sculpture of angel in Kočno ob Ložnici (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
The sculpture of angel in Kočno ob Ložnici (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
The sculpture of angel in Kočno ob Ložnici, detail (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
Two sculptures of angels in Kočno ob Ložnici, old photograph (source of the photo: Regional Archive Maribor)

Location

Slovenia, Kočno pri Ložnici

Succursal Church of St Giles (Podružnična cerkev sv. Egidija)

Artwork

Two sculptures of angels on the side altar of the Succursal Church of St Giles in Kočno ob Ložnici

Type

Sculpture

Dimensions

Height: 67 cm, width: 40 cm

Critical History

Two sculptures of angels on the left side altar of the Succursal Church of St Giles were attributed to Joseph Straub by Sergej Vrišer.1

Construction / Execution

Two sculptures are placed on the stone altar table, standing on square base. They have naturalistic polychromy. The drapery and angel wings are gilded.

Components

Sculpture
Sculpture
Author: Joseph Straub (Wiesensteig 1712 – Maribor 1756)
Technique(s): wood carving
Material(s): limewood
Polychromy
Polychromy
Technique(s): oil, water gilding
Material(s): gold leaf, red bole, size
Polychromy
Repolychromy
Technique(s): oil
Material(s): metal leaf, metallic pigment, oil

Comment

The thumb on the left hand of the left angel and the right wing from the right angel were carved by imitating lost originals. The gilded areas are in poor condition. The ground with gilding is damaged; it is cracking and falling off. Some parts of the gilding were painted with silver bronze, parts of the gilding on angel wings were covered with metal leaves.

It is possible that the polished gilding is original. The polychromy was at least once repainted with oil paint and some parts of the drapery are repainted with bronze. Angel wings are partially covered with metal leaves, which have darkened by ages. We assume that the first repolychromy included gilding with metal leaves on oil and the second polychromy was the application of silver bronze on certain areas. It is possible that the incarnation has three layers of paint.

Images

  1. Two sculptures of angels in Kočno ob Ložnici (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
  2. The sculpture of angel in Kočno ob Ložnici (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
  3. The sculpture of angel in Kočno ob Ložnici (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
  4. The sculpture of angel in Kočno ob Ložnici, detail (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
  5. Two sculptures of angels in Kočno ob Ložnici, 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, Two sculptures of angels on the side altar of the Succursal Church of St Giles in Kočno ob Ložnici, in: TrArS – Tracing the Art of the Straub Family, 2018, (accessed 05/08/2020) URL

Sources and Bibliography

  1. Sergej Vrišer, Baročno kiparstvo na slovenskem Štajerskem, Maribor, Obzorja, 1963
  2. Sergej Vrišer, Baročno kiparstvo na slovenskem Štajerskem, Ljubljana, Slovenska matica, 1992

Notes

1 Sergej Vrišer, 1963, 169; Sergej Vrišer, 1992, 236