A display of ciborium by Giovanni Maria Padovano16.04-24.05.2015
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For the first time in 368 years, the interiors of the Bishop Erazm Ciołek Palace present the combined elements of the Renaissance sacrarium from the Wawel Cathedral. Commissioned by Bishop Piotr Tomicki in the 1530s, it was made from red Hungarian marble by a famous Italian sculptor Giovanni Maria Mosca, known as Padovano. The exhibition will be open until 24 May.
The documents preserved in the archives of the Cathedral indicate that the sacrarium was originally located in the chancel, to the left of the main altar, near the tombstone of King Ladislaus the Short. In the early 17th century, it was transferred to St. Mary's chapel, and in the years 1645-1647 it was dismantled altogether. The marble tabernacle in the form of tempietto (a small circular temple) was transported to a church in Modlnica near Krakow, while the two angels which surrounded it were transferred to the National Museum in Krakow. In 1893, the Museum purchased them from the widow of a famous Krakow sculptor – Edward Stehlik.
Before its display at the National Museum in Krakow, the ciborium underwent renovation carried out by Paula Musiał, a student of the Faculty of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, as part of her diploma project under supervision of Professor Ireneusz Płuska.
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