Artworks Catalogue

The organ case in the Pilgrimage and Parish Church of St Mary and St Margaret the Virgin in Sladka gora (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
The sculpture of a putto on the organ case in Sladka gora (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
The sculpture of a putto on the organ case in Sladka gora (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
The sculpture of King David (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)

Location

Slovenia, Sladka gora

Pilgrimage and Parish Church of St Mary and St Margaret the Virgin (Romarska in župnijska cerkev sv. Marije in sv. Marjete na Sladki Gori)

Artwork

Sculptures of Putti on the Organ Case in the Pilgrimage and Parish Church of St Mary and St Margaret the Virgin in Sladka Gora

Type

Sculpture

Dimensions

Height: 520 cm, width: 280 cm, depth: 150 cm

Critical History

Sergej Vrišer attributed the sculptural decoration of the organ case (four putti) in the Pilgrimage and Parish Church of St Mary and St Margaret the Virgin in Sladka Gora to Joseph Straub.1 The organ was made by the organ master from Celje, Janez Frančišek Janeček.2

There are four putti on the sides of the organ case: the lower two play violins, while the upper two play trumpets. All the sculptures share significant similarities with Joseph Straub`s work: curly hair, round cheeks and big open eyes.

Construction / Execution

The organ case is made of wood. The polychromy of architecture imitate marble. The ornamentation, sculptures´ drapery and wings imitate gold.

Components

Concept/design
Organ
Author: Joannes Franciscus Janechek (Poděbrady? ca. 1697 – Celje? 1778)
Carpentry
Carpentry
Technique(s): wood carving
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): gold leaf, red bole, size
Polychromy
First repolychromy
Technique(s): oil
Material(s): oil, silver leaf, varnish

Comment

The wooden construction of the organ case is in good condition. The limewood is infested by wood-destroying insects. There are some losses of ornamental carving. The painted layer and gilding are abraded and scratched in several areas, especially in the lower area of the organ case. The organ case and sculptures were at least once overpainted and partially varnished. The ornamentation on the organ case was never removed during repolychromy and is still fixed with metal nails.

Images

  1. The organ case in the Pilgrimage and Parish Church of St Mary and St Margaret the Virgin in Sladka gora (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
  2. The sculpture of a putto on the organ case in Sladka gora (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
  3. The sculpture of a putto on the organ case in Sladka gora (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
  4. The sculpture of King David (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, Sculptures of Putti on the Organ Case in the Pilgrimage and Parish Church of St Mary and St Margaret the Virgin in Sladka Gora, in: TrArS – Tracing the Art of the Straub Family, 2018, (accessed 13/07/2020) URL

Sources and Bibliography

  1. Sergej Vrišer, Baročno kiparstvo na slovenskem Štajerskem, Maribor, Obzorja, 1963
  2. Sergej Vrišer, Sladka gora, Maribor, Obzorja, 1979
  3. Sergej Vrišer, Baročno kiparstvo na slovenskem Štajerskem, Ljubljana, Slovenska matica, 1992
  4. Tatjana Štefanič, Boštjan Roškar, Katalog ohranjenih ohišij glasbil Janeza Frančiška Janečka na območju Slovenije, in: Celjski baročni orglarski mojster Janez Frančišek Janeček, znanstvena monografija, Jurij Dobravec, Boštjan Roškar, Tatjana Štefanič, Dejan Zadravec (ed.), Ptuj: Pokrajinski muzej Ptuj - Ormož, 2016, 109 –198

Notes

1 Sergej Vrišer, 1963, 169; Sergej Vrišer, 1979, 24; Sergej Vrišer, 1992, 236. The sculpture of King David and angels were attributed to Ferdinand Gallo by Tatjana Štefanič and Boštjan Roškar. Tatjana Štefanič, Boštjan Roškar, 2016, 138, cat. 25.

2 Milko Bizjak, Edo Škulj, 1985, 54–55; Tatjana Štefanič, Boštjan Roškar, 2016, cat. 25.