Artworks Catalogue

The left side altar in the Succursal Church of Virgin Mary (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
The sculpture of St Joseph (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
The sculpture of angel from the upper part of the altar (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
The sculpture of putto from the upper part of the altar (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)

Location

Slovenia, Celje

Succursal Church of Virgin Mary (Podružnična cerkev sv. Marije)

Artwork

Left side altar in the Succursal Church of Virgin Mary in Celje

Type

Side altar

Dimensions

Height: 630 cm, width: 410 cm, depth: 60 cm

Inscriptions

  1. Altare renovatum anno 1883 Angelo Zoratti (on the back side of the altar)
  2. Altare renovatum anno 1946 Aloysius Zorati filius Angeli (on the back side of the altar)

Critical History

The left side altar in the Succursal Church of Virgin Mary in Celje (the church used to be a church of the minorite order) was attributed to Joseph Straub by Sergej Vrišer.1

The side altar is placed by the wall in the church nave and is therefore flat, just like the altar on the opposite side, which is also attributed to Joseph Straub. On the left of the altar painting, there is a sculpture of St Joseph with Jesus, and on the right St John the Baptist. The latter is a work of unknown sculptor and was made later than the altar. In the upper part, there are two kneeling angels and two putti at the top of the altar. The body and the hairstyle of the right kneeling angel is also not characteristic for Joseph Straub’s personal style.

Construction / Execution

The altar is made of wood. The polychromy of the architecture is imitating marble and gold, sculptures are naturalistically painted and have gilded drapery. Paintings are made on canvas.

Components

Carpentry
Carpentry
Author: Joseph Straub (Wiesensteig 1712 – Maribor 1756)
Technique(s): sawing
Material(s): softwood
Sculpture
Sculpture
Author: Joseph Straub (Wiesensteig 1712 – Maribor 1756)
Patron(s): minorite, religious order
Technique(s): wood carving
Material(s): limewood
Polychromy
Polychromy
Technique(s): oil, water gilding
Material(s): calcium carbonate, gold leaf, red bole, size, yellow bole
Polychromy
First repolychromy
Technique(s): oil, oil gilding, tempera
Material(s): gold leaf
Polychromy
Second repolychromy
Technique(s): oil
Material(s): metallic pigment

Comment

In 1990s the altar was restored by private resotrer Anton Podkrižnik. The repolychromies were removed during restoration. The restored first polychromy is visible.

Conservation-restoration

Restoration of the side altar

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, dammar varnish, gold leaf, limewood, rabbit-skin glue, red bole, size, turpentine oil

Images

  1. The left side altar in the Succursal Church of Virgin Mary (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
  2. The sculpture of St Joseph (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
  3. The sculpture of angel from the upper part of the altar (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
  4. The sculpture of putto from the upper part of the altar (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, Left side altar in the Succursal Church of Virgin Mary in Celje, in: TrArS – Tracing the Art of the Straub Family, 2018, (accessed 13/07/2020) 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, 92; Sergej Vrišer, 1963, 168; Sergej Vrišer, 1992, 235.