Artworks Catalogue

The pulpit in the Parish Church of St Bartholomew in Rogatec (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
The body of the pulpit in Rogatec (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
The canopy of the pulpit in Rogatec (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
The relief with the depiction of the Resurrection of the Unjust (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
The relief with the depiction of the Last Judgement (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, Rogatec

Artwork

Pulpit in the Parish Church of St Bartholomew in Rogatec

Type

Pulpit

Dimensions

Height: 530 cm, width: 180 cm, depth: 130 cm

Critical History

The pulpit in the Parish Church of St Bartholomew in Rogatec was attributed to Joseph Straub by Sergej Vrišer.1

The body of the pulpit is decorated with four vases with flowers and reliefs between them. The relief in the middle depicts the Last Judgement, while the reliefs on the sides depict the Resurrection of the Just and Unjust.2 On the canopy of the pulpit, there is an angel with a trumpet, surrounded with four putti and clouds. The angel and putti show significant similarities with other works by Joseph Straub (curly hair, big open eyes).

Construction / Execution

The pulpit is made of wood. The surface imitates gold and stone (marble). The architecture of the pulpit is marbled in dark blue and brown tones. The ornaments are gilded in combination with polished white. The sculptures on the canopy of the pulpit are presented in polished white.

Components

Carpentry
Carpentry
Technique(s): sawing
Material(s): softwood
Sculpture
Sculpture
Author: Joseph Straub (Wiesensteig 1712 – Maribor 1756)
Technique(s): sawing, wood carving
Material(s): limewood
Polychromy
Polychromy
Technique(s): oil
Polychromy
First repolychromy
Technique(s): tempera
Polychromy
Second repolychromy
Technique(s): oil
Material(s): metallic pigment

Comment

The architecture of the pulpit had three layers of polychromy. The first repolychromy was made in tempera, the second repolychromy was made in oil paint. During the first repolychromy some parts in polished white were gilded. The gilded surfaces were painted with bronze in the second repolychromy.

Conservation-restoration

2001–2002

Strategy: removing dirt, removing one or several historic repolychromies

Approach to the presentation of losses

Reintegration of losses – other: total

Reconstruction of losses: total

Materials: acetone, Bologna chalk, dammar varnish, gold leaf, limewood, Paraloid B-72, rabbit-skin glue, red bole, shellack, size, turpentine oil

Treatment Description

The restoration began in 2001. The academic sculptor and private restorer Gregor Podkrižnik removed dirt and both repolychromies from the entire surface of the pulpit. The original painting and gilding was conserved. Losses were reconstructed in gilded and painted areas.

Some missing parts on the sculptures and ornamentation were reconstructed with carved limewood pieces.

Images

  1. The pulpit in the Parish Church of St Bartholomew in Rogatec (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
  2. The body of the pulpit in Rogatec (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
  3. The canopy of the pulpit in Rogatec (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
  4. The relief with the depiction of the Resurrection of the Unjust (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
  5. The relief with the depiction of the Last Judgement (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, Pulpit in the Parish Church of St Bartholomew in Rogatec, 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. Jože Curk, Topografsko gradivo. VII: Sakralni spomeniki na območju občine Šmarje pri Jelšah, Celje, Zavod za spomeniško varstvo, 1967
  3. Sergej Vrišer, Baročno kiparstvo na slovenskem Štajerskem, Ljubljana, Slovenska matica, 1992
  4. Andrej Grobelnik,, Sopotnica življenja: nadžupnija Rogatec in župnija sv. Roka ob Sotli skozi stoletja, Rogatec, Nadžupnijski urad, 2003.

Notes

1 Sergej Vrišer, 1963, 169; Sergej Vrišer, 1992, 236. Cf. Andrej Grobelnik, 2003, 96–97.

2 About the iconography see: Jože Curk, 1967, 122.