Religious engravings


Our Lady of Sorrows, religious engraving, 19th/20th century, Kamieniec Ząbkowicki
Our Lady of Sorrows, religious engraving, 19th/20th century, Kamieniec Ząbkowicki

        Religious engravings collection was maintained systematically. The items were gathered and provided with basic catalogue notes by Nicolaus von Lutterottieg – a Benedictine monk from the Krzeszów monastery. The collection includes mainly 18th and 19th century items printed in Germany, Austria and Czech lands; some exhibits come from Poland and France. Variety of subjects depicted in the engravings, in many cases analogous to the glass painting iconography, correspond to its extensive geographical range. Glass paintings may have been modelled after the patterns found on the engravings. Apart from most numerous little pictures intended for prayer books, the collection includes prayer books themselves, prayer letters (so called Letters from Heaven), Baptism, First Communion and Wedding greeting cards as well as notifications of death.

Saint Joseph, religious engraving, 19th century, Lower Silesia
Saint Joseph, religious engraving, 19th century, Lower Silesia

        Sizable engravings would be framed and placed in so-called 'sacred corner' inside the house. Pictures used to be made in local, usually cloister, printing houses and then distributed, like glass paintings, in pilgrimage centres, at church fairs, local markets and by agency of wandering salesmen. Apart from copperplates, woodcuts and steel engravings, there are some items representing mixed techniques - pictures hand-painted, pasted on fabric, tulle or a leaf.

Mother of God Good Advice, religious engraving, 19th century, vicinity of Kamienna Góra, Lower Silesia
Mother of God Good Advice, religious engraving, 19th century, vicinity of Kamienna Góra, Lower Silesia



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