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The bas-relief was purchased for the collection in 1969 in the Kraków Desa. It was assumedly created in the 17th century and is one of the oldest and most valuable sculptures in the Nowy Sącz collection.

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The bas-relief was purchased for the collection in 1969 in the Kraków Desa. It was assumedly created in the 17th century and is one of the oldest and most valuable sculptures in the Nowy Sącz collection. It presents the Virgin Mary with her hands folded in prayer, kneeling between Christ and God the Father sitting on the throne. Both male figures have crowns on their heads and are robed in gold-plated garments. In the one hand they are holding a crown over Mary’s head, in the other the attributes of sovereign power: Jesus – a sceptre, God the Father – a royal orb.
The origin of the work is unfortunately unknown. The bas-relief was probably created in one of the provincial sculpture workshops, the assumption is indicated by the formal features of the work, e.g.: the imbalanced proportions of the figures, the flat and rough depiction of the details and folds of the garments. What draws special attention is the difference in preparing the heads of Mary, Christ and God the Father. The head of the Virgin Mary is round, a delicately modelled face with a narrow, pointed nose, small eyes and a tiny mouth. Long, dark hair is smoothly combed backwards, underlining her bulging, very high forehead. The male heads are much larger, disproportionate to the rest of their bodies, oval and angular faces with high cheekbones and wide prominent noses and large eyes.

Elaborated by Edyta Ross-Pazdyk (Nowy Sącz District Museum), © all rights reserved

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Bas-relief “The Coronation of the Virgin Mary”

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