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The sculpture Man's Figure was made from wood, on which residually preserved polychrome is visible, was made about 1850 by Jan Wnęk (1828–1869) from Odporyszów. He was a carpenter, a self-taught sculptor and a genius designer (of a flying machine, among other things).

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The sculpture Man's Figure was made from wood, on which residually preserved polychrome is visible, was made about 1850 by Jan Wnęk (1828–1869) from Odporyszów. He was a carpenter, a self-taught sculptor and a genius designer (of a flying machine, among other things).This was one of over 300 sculptures that used to adorn 52 chapels along the Way of the Cross at the church in Ruda, destroyed by time and war. A hundred sculptures have survived to the present day — the majority in the church museum in Odporyszów, while the Tarnów museum is in possession of four figures.
The figure of a soldier/guard was an element of the scene depicting the Passion and Death of Christ. He is depicted wearing a long robe, originally in grey, a draped bluish cloak, and a helmet on his head. His long face, surrounded by facial hair, has simplified, shallowly carved facial features.
The sculpture has features that mark the expert hand of a village craftsman, who combined his own vision and passion with the iconographic expectations of the client. The figure has been significantly damaged: the soldier's hands have not been preserved, there iss a significant degree of abrasion on the polychrome layer, and numerous cracks have appeared in the wood structure.

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Sculpture “Men's figure” by Jan Wnęk

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