Artworks Catalogue

Sculpture of Ascending Christ in the Parish Church of Our Lady of Snow in Kutina (Croatian Conservation Institute, Photo Archive, photo by Goran Tomljenović, 2022)
Confessional with the Sculpture of Ascending Christ in the Parish Church of Our Lady of Snow in Kutina (Croatian Conservation Institute, Photo Archive, photo by Goran Tomljenović, 2022)

Location

Croatia, Sisak-Moslavina County, Kutina

Parish Church of Our Lady of Snow (Župna crkva Majke Božje Snježne)

Artwork

The sculpture of Ascending Christ in in the Parish Church of Our Lady of Snow in Kutina

Type

Sculpture

Dimensions

Height: 69 cm, width: 35 cm, depth: 19 cm

Critical History

The sculpture of Ascending Christ is placed on a confessional made by Mirko Turkalj in 1986. It bears stylistic features of Franz Anton Straub's artwork, showing particular resemblance with the sculptural group of Baptism in the Parish Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Kloštar Ivanić.1 Archival sources do not mention the sculpture and its origin stays unknown. The high altar together with its tabernacle is earlier than this sculpture and there are no written confirmations that it was ordered for the church in Kutina. However, relatively nearby Velika Ludina do have tabernacle by Franz Anton Straub lacking the original sculpture of Ascending Christ to be displayed during the Passion period.

Components

Sculpture
Author: Franz Anton Straub (Wiesensteig 1726 – Zagreb ca. 1774)
Completed: ca. 1760 – ca. 1765
Technique(s): wood carving
Polychromy
Completed: ca. 1760 – ca. 1765
Material(s): calcium carbonate, calcium sulphate dihydrate, gold leaf, lead white, red bole, red iron oxide
Polychromy
First repolychromy
Material(s): iron oxide, lead white, minium, zink white
Polychromy
Second repolychromy
Material(s): barium sulphate, gold leaf, iron oxide, lead white, verdigris, zink white
Polychromy
Third repolychromy
Author: Mirko Turkalj
Completed: 1986
Material(s): barium sulphate, brass leaf, cobalt blue, iron oxide, zink white

Conservation-restoration

2022

Strategy: preserving one or several repolychromies, preserving patina, preserving varnish, removing dirt

Approach to the presentation of losses

Preserving lacunae: total

Treatment Description

In 2022 the Croatian Conservation Institute executed conservation-restoration investigations of the polychrome wooden inventory and paintings within the church. The stratigraphical research on the sculpture of Ascending Christ showed up to 13 layers - far more than any other part of the church inventory.2

Images

  1. Sculpture of Ascending Christ in the Parish Church of Our Lady of Snow in Kutina (Croatian Conservation Institute, Photo Archive, photo by Goran Tomljenović, 2022)
  2. Confessional with the Sculpture of Ascending Christ in the Parish Church of Our Lady of Snow in Kutina (Croatian Conservation Institute, Photo Archive, photo by Goran Tomljenović, 2022)

Catalogue entry prepared by Ksenija Škarić

Recommended citation: Ksenija Škarić, The sculpture of Ascending Christ in in the Parish Church of Our Lady of Snow in Kutina, in: TrArS – Tracing the Art of the Straub Family, 2018, (accessed 20/04/2024) URL

Sources and Bibliography

  1. Croatian Conservation Institute, Ksenija Škarić, Kutina, župna crkva Blažene Djevice Marije Snježne, drveni polikromirani sakralni inventar. Elaborat konzervatorsko-restauratorskih istraživanja, Zagreb, 2022

Notes

1 Ksenija Škarić, 2022, 475.

2 Ibid.