Artworks Catalogue

The sculpture of an angel in the National Gallery in Ljubljana (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
The sculpture of an angel in the National Gallery in Ljubljana, detail (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
The sculpture of an angel in the National Gallery in Ljubljana (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
The sculpture of an angel in the National Gallery in Ljubljana, detail (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)

Location

Slovenia, Ljubljana

National Gallery

Original location:

Slovenia

Unknown

Artwork

The sculptures of angels in the National Gallery in Ljubljana

Type

Sculpture

Dimensions

Height: 75 cm, width: 60 cm, depth: 65 cm

Critical History

In 1985 the National Gallery bough these two sculptures, attributed to Joseph Straub, from a private owner in Ljubljana.1 The two angels were published for the first time by Sergej Vrišer. He assumed that both the angels had probably been set in the altar entablature of some smaller side altar.2 At the time of his writing, the sculptures were in storage, but since 2016, they have been on display as a part of the new permanent exhibition of the National Gallery.

Construction / Execution

The sculptures are made of wood. They are naturalistically painted, the drapery and wings imitate gold.

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): Bologna chalk, gold leaf, red bole, size

Conservation-restoration

2006–2010

Strategy: removing dirt, removing one or several historic repolychromies

Approach to the presentation of losses

Reintegration of lacunae – mimetic: total

Reintegration of losses – other: total

Materials: acetone, Bologna chalk, demineralized water, gold leaf, gold powder, Lascaux® Medium for Consolidation, Paraloid B-72, Primal AC 35, rabbit-skin glue, red bole, triamonium citrate, xylene, yellow bole

Treatment Description

The sculptures were restored in the restoration workshop of the National Gallery in Ljubljana.

A few samples of layers from each statue were taken to analyse the materials. During the restoration, layers of repolychromies and bronze painting were removed. The wood and polychromy were impregnated with consolidant. Some retouching was done to minimize the uneven effect of varied damage. Lacunae on the statues were reintegrated.

Images

  1. The sculpture of an angel in the National Gallery in Ljubljana (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
  2. The sculpture of an angel in the National Gallery in Ljubljana, detail (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
  3. The sculpture of an angel in the National Gallery in Ljubljana (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
  4. The sculpture of an angel in the National Gallery in Ljubljana, detail (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 sculptures of angels in the National Gallery in Ljubljana, in: TrArS – Tracing the Art of the Straub Family, 2018, (accessed 13/07/2020) URL

Sources and Bibliography

  1. Sergej Vrišer, Dela štajerskih baročnih kiparjev v Narodni galeriji, in: Razprave iz evropske umetnosti: za Ksenijo Rozman, Ljubljana, Narodna galerija, 1999, 153–161

Notes

1 Documentation about the sculptures from the National Gallery in Ljubljana.

2 Sergej Vrišer, 1999, 155