IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1136: Real and Unreal Materials in Late Medieval Art in Prussia

Wednesday 3 July 2019, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:University of Gdańsk
Organiser:Beata Możejko, Zakład Historii Średniowiecza Polski i Nauk Pomocniczych Historii, Uniwersytet Gdański
Moderator/Chair:Beata Możejko, Zakład Historii Średniowiecza Polski i Nauk Pomocniczych Historii, Uniwersytet Gdański
Paper 1136-aMaterial as a Source of Information on the Origin: About the Stone Prussian Sculptures from c. 1400
(Language: English)
Monika Czapska, Instytut Historii Sztuki, Uniwersytet Gdański / Malbork Castle Museum
Monika Czapska, Instytut Historii Sztuki, Uniwersytet Gdański / Malbork Castle Museum
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Decorative Arts, Art History - Sculpture, Mentalities
Paper 1136-bEnglish Medieval Alabasters as a Part of Prussian Altarpieces: A Case Study of St Dorothea's Altarpiece (c. 1435) from St Mary's Church in Gdańsk
(Language: English)
Weronika Grochowska, Instytut Historii Sztuki, Uniwersytet Gdański / National Museum, Gdańsk
Weronika Grochowska, Instytut Historii Sztuki, Uniwersytet Gdański / National Museum, Gdańsk
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Decorative Arts, Art History - Sculpture, Religious Life
Paper 1136-cMetamorphosis of Materials: About Imitations in Late Gothic Art in Prussia
(Language: English)
Andrzej Woziński, Instytut Historii Sztuki, Uniwersytet Gdański
Andrzej Woziński, Instytut Historii Sztuki, Uniwersytet Gdański
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Decorative Arts, Art History - Sculpture, Social History
Abstract

The lack of highly regarded sculptural materials in medieval Prussia had notable consequences in the region. In the 14th century sculptures had been made from artificial stone but in the first half of 15th century alabaster sculptures started to be imported. The first paper focuses on the stone Prussian sculptures from c.1400. The question of whether we are dealing with imports or the works originated locally from the imported material is still an unexplained issue. The second paper will be paying attention to St Dorothea’s Altarpiece, from St Mary’s Church in Gdansk. It is not only a preserved form of evidence for contact between Prussia and England during the Middle Ages but also a great example of interesting construction in which the imported alabaster triptych was expanded by local workshop into polyptych. The third paper focuses on the most spectacular example of an imitation of various materials – the retable of the high altar in Our Lady’s Church in Gdańsk.