2009 | 4(14) | 30-47
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Kaplice wschodnie kościoła cystersów w Henrykowie jako wyraz nowych zadań społecznych śląskich klasztorów mniszych w czasach baroku.

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Eastern chapels of the Cistercian church in Henryków as an expression of new social functions of Silesian monk monasteries in the period of Baroque.
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Two eastern baroque chapels in Henryków were erected from the very beginning to propagate faith what resulted in architectural and spatial disposition of east- ern part of the church. The northern chapel was created for the needs of the Holy Trinity brotherhood established in Henryków, whereas the southern chapel most probably gathered members of St. Joseph brotherhood who lived in the surround- ings of Henryków. The two small chapels, shaped analogically and symmetrically, are central buildings. They are an apparent extension of the church aisles, what was accentuated by two architectural means: firstly each of the chapels was given a vestibule of the same width as the aisle, secondly the entrance has a form of an arcade and the same width as the vestibule and the aisle. Especially in the case of the Holy Trinity Chapel this access to the aisle and a large size of the entrance, which allowed easy communication, appeared to be indispensable. On the occasion of great brotherhood celebrations there were crowds of worshippers coming to the church, who wanted to participate in masses celebrated in the chapel. Such a small interior however, would not have held everyone, so some of them remained in the aisle, participating in prayers and seeing the altar. Ideological programmes of the discussed chapels include contents propagated by the Holy Trinity brotherhood of Henryków and St. Joseph fraternity of Krzeszów. The altar paintings were satu- rated with mystic spirituality of mediaeval saint Bernard of Clairvaux, moreover emblematic fresco paintings with complicated symbolics in the Holy Trinity Chapel refer to many centuries of iconographic tradition of the Catholic Church. Architec- tural and spatial disposition of the eastern part of the church, transformed in the age of Baroque in regard of the needs of laity, and ideological expression of the two outermost chapels reflect the change of duties and tasks of monk monasteries after The Council of Trent.
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