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The retable was purchased for the Museum in 1981. For many years, it had been stored in an attic with hay. Originally, the retable came from a chapel in Falkowa near Nowy Sącz. It is an example of provincial woodcarving.

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The retable is a very interesting example of a woodcarving, on the border between guild and amateur art. It has the form of a Baroque altar cabinet, enclosed on the sides by a pair of niches in an architectural frame and crowned with multi-storey turrets. The retable peak consists of two volutes facing each other, with pinnacles and a niche placed between them, topped with a semicircle, decorated with an ornament of bull’s eyes. The base of the setting is in the form of a rectangular box, with an elongated recess in the middle and pairs of pilasters on the sides, between which there are rectangular panels. The architectural frame of the retable is complemented by carved figures. In the niche of the predella, there is a figurine of Christ entombed; in the niches on the sides of the retable, there are representations of Jesus praying in Gethsemane and the Resurrected Christ; while in the niche topping the retable, there is a figurine of Christ at the pole. In the central part of the setting, in a profiled frame, there is a bas-relief depicting the Holy Trinity. Originally, in the frame of the main picture, there were two images that could be interchangeably displayed, from which only the bas-relief of the Holy Trinity has been preserved.

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

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Retable of the chapel

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