Artworks Catalogue

The right side altar in the Succursal Church of Virgin Mary (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
The sculpture of St Louis of Toulouse (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
The sculpture of St Bonaventure (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
The sculpture of St Bonaventure, detail (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
The sculpture of angel from the upper part of the altar (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
The sculpture of angel from the upper part of the altar (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)

Location

Slovenia, Celje

Succursal Church of Virgin Mary (Podružnična cerkev sv. Marije)

Artwork

The right side altar in the Succursal Church of Virgin Mary in Celje

Type

Side altar

Dimensions

Height: 630 cm, width: 410 cm, depth: 60 cm

Critical History

The right side altar in the Succursal Church of Virgin Mary in Celje (the church used to be a church of the minorite order) was attributed to Joseph Straub by Sergej Vrišer.1

The side altar is placed by the wall in the church nave and is therefore flat, just like the altar on the opposite side, which is also attributed to Joseph Straub. On the left of the altar painting, there is a sculpture of St Louis of Toulouse, and on the right St Bonaventure. In the upper part, there are two kneeling angels and two putti at the top of the altar. Both sculptures are especially similar to the sculptures from the high altar in minorite church in Ptuj (documented work of Joseph Straub), not only because of the same iconography, but also in details such as the drapery, big open sleeves, hairstyle, big eyes and open mouths.

Construction / Execution

The altar is made of wood. The polychromy of architecture is imitating marble and gold, sculptures are naturalistically painted and have gilded drapery. Paintings are made on canvas and are framed with gilded frame.

Components

Carpentry
Carpentry
Author: Joseph Straub (Wiesensteig 1712 – Maribor 1756)
Technique(s): sawing
Material(s): softwood
Sculpture
Sculpture
Author: Joseph Straub (Wiesensteig 1712 – Maribor 1756)
Patron(s): minorite, religious order
Technique(s): wood carving
Material(s): limewood
Polychromy
Polychromy
Technique(s): oil, water gilding
Material(s): calcium carbonate, gold leaf, red bole, size, yellow bole
Polychromy
First repolychromy
Technique(s): oil, oil gilding, tempera
Material(s): gold leaf
Polychromy
Second repolychromy
Technique(s): oil
Material(s): metallic pigment

Comment

In 1990s the altar was restored by private resotrer Anton Podkrižnik. The repolychromies were removed during restoration. The restored first polychromy is visible.

Conservation-restoration

Restoration of the side altar

Strategy: removing dirt, removing one or several historic repolychromies

Approach to the presentation of losses

Reintegration of lacunae – mimetic: total

Reconstruction of losses: total

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

Images

  1. The right side altar in the Succursal Church of Virgin Mary (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
  2. The sculpture of St Louis of Toulouse (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
  3. The sculpture of St Bonaventure (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
  4. The sculpture of St Bonaventure, detail (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
  5. The sculpture of angel from the upper part of the altar (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, photo by Valentin Benedik, 2018)
  6. The sculpture of angel from the upper part of the altar (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 right side altar in the Succursal Church of Virgin Mary in Celje, in: TrArS – Tracing the Art of the Straub Family, 2018, (accessed 13/08/2020) URL

Sources and Bibliography

  1. Sergej Vrišer, Mariborski baročni kiparji, in: Zbornik za umetnostno zgodovino, n. v. IV, 1957, 71–127
  2. Sergej Vrišer, Baročno kiparstvo na slovenskem Štajerskem, Maribor, Obzorja, 1963
  3. Sergej Vrišer, Baročno kiparstvo na slovenskem Štajerskem, Ljubljana, Slovenska matica, 1992

Notes

1 Sergej Vrišer, 1957, 92; Sergej Vrišer, 1963, 168; Sergej Vrišer, 1992, 235.