Artworks Catalogue

The pulpit in the 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 canopy of the pulpit in Sladka gora (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 on the Canopy of the Pulpit in the Parish Church of St Mary and St Margaret the Virgin in Sladka Gora

Type

Sculpture

Dimensions

Height: 610 cm, width: 275 cm, depth: 130 cm

Critical History

Sergej Vrišer attributed the sculpture of the Virgin Mary, some angels and decorations of the pulpit in the Pilgrimage and Parish Church of St Mary and St Margaret the Virgin in Sladka Gora to Joseph Straub.1 Only the kneeling angels and two angel heads below the sculpture of the Virgin Mary show significant characteristics of Joseph Straub`s personal style.

Construction / Execution

The pulpit is made of wood. The architecture of the pulpit imitate marble. The ornaments and sculptures´ drapery imitate gold.

Components

Carpentry
Carpentry
Technique(s): sawing, wood carving
Material(s): softwood
Sculpture
Sculptures on the pulpit
Author: Johann Georg Mersi (Rogatec 1725 – Slovenj Gradec 1788)
Technique(s): wood carving
Material(s): limewood
Sculpture
Sculptures of kneeling angels and two angel heads
Author: Joseph Straub (Wiesensteig 1712 – Maribor 1756)
Technique(s): wood carving
Material(s): limewood
Polychromy
Polychromy
Technique(s): water gilding
Material(s): calcium carbonate, gold leaf, red bole, size
Polychromy
First repolychromy
Technique(s): oil

Comment

The pulpit has at least one repolychromy. The ornamentation and sculptures are infested by wood-boring insects and fungi. The sculptures have many insect boreholes on the surface. The ground is lifting, cracking and falling off.

Images

  1. The pulpit in the 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 canopy of the pulpit in Sladka gora (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 on the Canopy of the Pulpit in the Parish Church of St Mary and St Margaret the Virgin in Sladka Gora , in: TrArS – Tracing the Art of the Straub Family, 2018, (accessed 05/08/2020) 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 [the whole pulpit]; Sergej Vrišer, 1979, 23–24; Sergej Vrišer, 1992, 236. Sergej Vrišer attributed the other parts of the pulpit to Johann Georg Mersi. Cf. Tatjana Štefanič, Boštjan Roškar, 2016, 139.