Parish Church of St Philip and St James (Župnijska cerkev sv. Filipa in Jakoba)
The Sculpture of Virgin Mary and Child in the Parish Church of St Philip and St James
Height: 130 cm, width: 80 cm
The sculpture of the Virgin Mary and Child in the Parish Church of St Philip and St James in Laporje was attributed to Joseph Straub by Sergej Vrišer.1 The sculpture represents the Virgin Mary with Jesus child and a crescent under her right feet. The face of Virgin Mary is a typical face of the sculptures of female saints in Joseph Straub`s opus (similar to St Elisabeth from Studenci), and the sculpture of the Child is similar to numerous chubby putti with curly hair from Joseph Straub`s altars.
Construction / Execution
The sculpture of the Virgin Mary is made of wood. It is placed on wooden console on the wall. The sculpture has naturalistic painting and gilded drapery.
Author: Joseph Straub (Wiesensteig 1712 – Maribor 1756)
Technique(s): wood carving
Technique(s): water gilding
Material(s): gold leaf, red bole, silver leaf, size
Material(s): metallic pigment
Lime wood is infected by wood-boring insects and fungi. The right hand of the sculpture is an imitation of the original, which was probably lost. The original polychromy and some parts of gilding are covered with at least one layer of oil painting and bronze.
The sculpture of Virgin Mary with Child in the Parish Church of St Philip and St James (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 Sculpture of Virgin Mary and Child in the Parish Church of St Philip and St James, in: TrArS – Tracing the Art of the Straub Family, 2018, (accessed 13/07/2020) URL
Sources and Bibliography
Sergej Vrišer, Baročno kiparstvo na slovenskem Štajerskem, Maribor, Obzorja, 1963
Sergej Vrišer, Baročno kiparstvo na slovenskem Štajerskem, Ljubljana, Slovenska matica, 1992
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