SILVER GARMENT OF THE MADONNA AT LUBORZYCA - AN ARTWORK BY KRAKOW GOLDSMITH JAN MLODZIANOWSKI
In the parish church at Luborzyca, at the northern side altar there is a picture of Heavenly Mother with Child Jesus, adorned with silver ornaments. This monument - one of many examples of the Marian cult in the Old Poland - is still attractive both as painting subject and goldsmith's work. The latter is documented - which is extremely rare - by a preserved text of the commissioning contract found in the collection of the Jagiellonian University Archives. The picture itself, associated with the activity of the Holy Rosary Fraternity probably founded in 1619, belongs to the representations referring to the picture 'Salus Populi Romani' from the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, called also Our Lady of the Snows or of the Rosary and Our Lady Victorious. The silver garments of the Heavenly Mother of the Rosary from the church at Luborzyca, being a good example of the passion for adorning pictures and decorating them with votive offerings such characteristic of Baroque Poland, are exceptional for the goldsmithery of Krakow in the second half of the 17th century. Not only they represent a high artistic value, but also are dated with great precision and their author, both of the design and of actual work, is known from a direct source - it was a goldsmith from Krakow, Jan Mlodzianowski Junior. The text of the commissioning contract published in an appendix allowed us to indicate his first, certain work still preserved and supplement his biography with new information, among other things, to extend his professional activity till 1682, which brings us nearer to determining the date of his death.
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