Parish Church of St Margaret the Virgin (Župnijska cerkev sv. Marjete Antiohijske)
Parish St Margaret the Virgin
The side altar in the Mary’s Chapel of the Parish church in Selnica ob Dravi
SV. DOMINIK (on the base of the sculpture of St Dominic)
SV. ROZA LIMSKA (on the base of the sculpture of St Rose of Lima)
Sergej Vrišer attributed the altar to Joseph Straub on the basis of stylistic analysis.1 In 1957, he pointed out the significant similarities between the sculptures of two angels from the attic of the altar in Selnica ob Dravi and two angels from the high altar from the church of St Peter and Paul in Ptuj, which is a documented work of Joseph Straub.2 In 1993, Vrišer later also pointed out the significant similarities between the sculpture of God the Father from the altar in Selnica ob Dravi and the respective sculpture from the high altar from Studenci (today in Regional Museum Maribor).3 Based on this comparison, he also suggested the dating of the altar in 1750s.4 The sculpture of Mary and Child in the central niche of the altar is not by the same sculptor.
The side altar in the Mary’s Chapel of the parish church in Selnica ob Dravi (photo by Valentina Pavlič, 2016)
The side altar in the Mary’s Chapel of the parish church in Selnica ob Dravi, detail (photo by Valentina Pavlič, 2016)
3. The statue of St. Dominic (photo by Valentina Pavlič, 2016)
The statue of St Rose of Lima (photo by Valentina Pavlič, 2016)
Catalogue entry prepared by Valentina Pavlič
Recommended citation: Valentina Pavlič, The side altar in the Mary’s Chapel of the Parish church in Selnica ob Dravi, in: TrArS – Tracing the Art of the Straub Family, 2018, (accessed 05/08/2020) URL
Sources and Bibliography
Sergej Vrišer, Mariborski baročni kiparji, in: Zbornik za umetnostno zgodovino, n. v. IV, 1957, 71–127
Sergej Vrišer, Baročno kiparstvo na slovenskem Štajerskem, Maribor, Obzorja, 1963
Sergej Vrišer, Selnica v umetnostni zgodovini, in: Selnica ob Dravi. Zbornik ob 900-letnici kraja, Bernard Rajh (ed.), Selnica ob Dravi, Krajevna skupnost, 1993, 113–122
Sergej Vrišer, Baročno kiparstvo na slovenskem Štajerskem, Ljubljana, Slovenska matica, 1992
4 Sergej Vrišer, 1993, 117. Sergej Vrišer also suggested the earlier dating (in 1750s) for the building of the Mary’s chapel, even though the chronicle and Ignacij Orožen reported the dating in 1760.
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