Artworks Catalogue

The side altar in the Parish Church of St Kunigunde in Zgornja Kungota (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
The sculpture of angel (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
The sculpture of angel (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
The sculptures of Raphael with Tobias (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 (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)

Location

Slovenia, Zgornja Kungota

Parish Church of St Kunigunde (Župnijska cerkev sv. Kunigunde)

Artwork

The side altar in the Parish Church of St Kunigunde in Zgornja Kungota

Type

Side altar

Dimensions

Height: 630 cm, width: 350 cm, depth: 93 cm

Critical History

The side altar in the Parish Church of St Kunigunde in Zgornja Kungota was attributed to Joseph Straub by Sergej Vrišer.1 He named the altar as The Altar of Angels. Originally, the altar was dedicated to St Fabian and St Sebastian,2 the sculpture of the Holy Heart of Jesus was installed in the central niche later.

Above the side openings, there are sculptures of two angels with helmets and small child beside them. In the upper part of the altar, there is an angel with a child (Raphael with Tobias) and two big angels sitting on the volutes. There are also four putti in vivid postures on the altar and two angel heads. The sculptures of angels – especially their faces with big open eyes and round chin, lush curly hair and long arms and legs – are similar to the sculptures of angels from the high altar from Studenci (documented work of Joseph Straub; today in Regional Museum Maribor).

Construction / Execution

The side altar is made of wood. It is placed on a stone altar table. The back side of the altar has well finished and smoothen surface because it was meant to be seen during certain processional activities.

In 1925 sculptor Ivan Sojč renovated the altar.3

Components

Carpentry
Carpentry
Technique(s): sawing
Material(s): softwood
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): calcium carbonate, gold leaf, oil, red bole, silver leaf
Polychromy
First repolychromy
Completed: 1938
Technique(s): oil, oil gilding
Material(s): metallic pigment, oil, silver leaf

Comment

The construction of the altar is in a good condition. The ground is falling off mostly on the predella becaused it is situated on stone ground. The altar has one repolychromy. The polychromy on the architecture is imitating marble. The first polychromy is imitating blue and brown marble. The sculptures have naturalistic painting. The drapery, attributes and ornamentation work are mostly gilded with some parts of silvering. Originally, gilded surfaces were covered with silver leaves and some bronze painting.

Images

  1. The side altar in the Parish Church of St Kunigunde in Zgornja Kungota (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
  2. The sculpture of angel (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
  3. The sculpture of angel (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
  4. The sculptures of Raphael with Tobias (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
  5. 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)
  6. The sculpture of putto (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 side altar in the Parish Church of St Kunigunde in Zgornja Kungota, in: TrArS – Tracing the Art of the Straub Family, 2018, (accessed 14/07/2020) 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, 94; Sergej Vrišer, 1963, 169; Sergej Vrišer, 1992, 236.

2 The information is gained from the visitation record from 1760 and 1773. Archiepiscopal Archives of Maribor; POPIS DXI-XV.

3 Archiepiscopal Archives of Maribor; POPIS DXI-XV.