Kościół dominikanów w Gidlach w świetle najnowszych badań. Chronologia budowy i problem autorstwa
Dominican Chuch at Gidle in the Light of the Recent Research. Construction Chronology and Attribution Question
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The Gidle Dominican Church is characterized by a genuine cruciform, so-called triconch layout, pointed out to in literature. Jan Buszt, recorded in the convent archives with regard to the church’s construction, is attributed its design. New information related to the church’s construction is presented, this based on the previously unused archival sources. It allows for the following conclusions: the question of the design’s authorship continues unanswered, as Jan Buszt was most likely not the church’s designer, but more probably the builder who executed another author’s design, this suggested by several premises. The church’s construction period, previously ascertained at 1632-44, can be specified with more precision to 1631-49, in the course of which the essential construction works (walls without vaults, Our Lady’s Chapel) were executed in 1631-42, with the roof built in 1644-46, and the vaults in ca. 1654-48; the towers, in turn, were completed only in the late 17th century. Despite the fact that the construction was carried out in stages, the church’s cruciform layout, constituting the focus of scholars’ interest, was intended as such from the start and did not appear as an accidental development. The so far dating of the stucco decoration (1644-56) needs to be verified. Inside the church it must have been executed in the final construction stage, i.e. ca. 1645-48, and in the sacristy as late as in 1669 by a different workshop.
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