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An altar sculpture showing an unknown saint, probably saint Anna, was made by an unknown artist in the 18th century. It supposedly comes from the wooden All Saints’ Church in Kęty which was dismantled on the command of Austrian authorities. The main reason for this decision was the poor technical condition of the building. Moreover, after the great fire which broke out in 1797, there were attempts to eliminate the wooden buildings from the centre in order to reduce the danger.

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An altar sculpture showing an unknown saint, probably saint Anna, was made by an unknown artist in the 18th century. It supposedly comes from the wooden All Saints’ Church in Kęty which was dismantled on the command of Austrian authorities. The main reason for this decision was the poor technical condition of the building. Moreover, after the great fire which broke out in 1797, there were attempts to eliminate the wooden buildings from the centre in order to reduce the danger.
The presented sculpture is an example of the Silesian Baroque. The figure is shown in a casual pose, slightly leaning on one leg, in the so-called contrapposto. The figure is well-proportioned. Robes, whose folds fall down softly, emphasise the curves of the body, referring to the antiquity in style. The head is slightly turned left; the look is calm, directed downwards. The classical facial features are emphasised by the typical pinned up hair. The left hand is slightly stretched forward and probably the attribute of the saint could be initially put in this hand. The back of the sculpture was not finished, which was connected with its purpose. Figures of this type were placed on an altar, turned towards the viewer. The hooks and pins were usually installed in the back to keep it steady.

Elaborated by the Aleksander Kłosiński Museum in Kęty, © all rights reserved

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Sculpture showing “St. Anna” from 18th century

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