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“Expression: Lviv Rococo Sculpture” Exhibition at the Wawel Royal Castle in Cracow

Art and Heritage in Central Europe

Masterpiece sculptures from Lviv: Johann Georg Pinsel at Wawel Royal Castle (March 31 – October 22, 2023).

Sharp folds of drapery breaking into a jumble of geometric forms. Majestic figures captured in free, yet dramatic movement. Bodies in arranged in graceful S-curves seemingly dance. Faces with sharp features. Abraham, Samson, the Virgin Mary, Saint John, angels, Jesus Christ. Arrayed before us is a sculptural theater of poignant biblical scenes by Johann Georg Pinsel. The polychrome and gilded works of art, which come from the church in Hodovytsya near Lviv, have been exhibited in the Louvre in Paris, the Winter Palace in Vienna, and in the National Museum – Palace of the Dukes of Lithuania in Vilnius. From March 30, these splendid masterpieces, which are absolutely unique in 18th-century European art, can be admired at Wawel Royal Castle in the exhibition Expression: Lviv Rococo Sculpture.

The Lviv sculptures are complemented by two works from Polish collections: Christ Crucified, attributed to Maciej Polejowski – the only one of his works in the Wawel collection, and a never-before exhibited sculpture of the so-called Lviv Rococo school. The latter work is a processional crucifix from church, which was brought to Wroclaw in the spring of 1946 by Fr. Jaroslaw Chomicki, the last pastor of All Saints’ Parish in Hodovytsya.

The exhibition has been organized under the honorary patronage of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Professor Piotr Glinski.
Curators: Joanna Pałka, Agata Dworzak.

Read more: https://wawel.krakow.pl/en/exhibition-temporary/expression-lviv-rococo-sculpture

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