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Jurčević, Ivana. (2018). Parish church of St. Michael Archangel in Cerna. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Art History. [mentor Šourek, Danko and Botica, Dubravka].

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This Masters thesis is a contribution to the poorly researched historical and artistic heritage of rural parts of Eastern Slavonia. In that area, Baroque art could not be expressed in its true splendor due to the strictly limited financial resources that were dictated by the very complex political and economic situation. The parish church of St. Michael Archangel in Cerna is an example of a well restored Medieval church, whose restoration was done in late Baroque manner. It can be recognized as an example of a typical Catholic church that was being built in the Military Frontier province after the end of the Ottoman occupation, according to the prescribed forms and under the supervision of state bodies. Also, it can be identified as a typical Josephinist church. Although a part of its late Baroque inventory enjoys the status of protected cultural heritage, unfortunately, it is slowly disappearing over time and is being replaced by new inventory. Therefore, it is necessary to talk about it and to make a testimony of its existence for the next generations. Among the church's inventory stand out the wooden polychromatic altars of the tectonic type dating back to the mid-18th century, and the central altar with a depiction of the patron saint of the church, St. Michael Archangel. The altarpiece is a quality version of the work by the notable early Baroque painter Guido Reni, while the stylistic analysis and historical context point to the artistic circle of the painter Paulus Antonius Senser.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: eastern Slavonia, late baroque, Military Frontier, typical Josephinist church, church of St. Michael Archangel in Cerna, Guido Reni, Paulus Antonius Senser
Subjects: History of art
Departments: Department of Art History
Supervisor: Šourek, Danko and Botica, Dubravka
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2018 09:42
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2018 09:42

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