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Nieznane malowidła ścienne w drewnianym kościele parafialnym p.w. św. Mikołaja w Gąsawie

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Unknown Murals in the Wooden Parish Church of St. Nicholas in G¹sawa
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Fragments of the murals were discovered in 1999 during the exchange of one of the elements of the northern nave wall at the time of repairing the church. The painted decoration of the entire wall was uncovered in July that year. Probes confirmed the presence of murals in the whole interior. A superficial analysis demonstrated that the paintings originate at least from three phases. At this moment, only one of those phases has been dated as 1706, a supposition confirmed by a commemorative inscription. This decoration, by no means the most recent, conceals the other strata. The characteristic and stratification proposed in the article do not assume unambiguous solutions. A formal-stylistic assessment is rendered impossible by the unsatisfactory state of the preservation of the monument. In addition, there are no available results of technological research. We can generally ascertain that the decorations were executed by using variously prepared tempera—thick and thin. The thin layer of the ground was placed only underneath the oldest paintings fromthe turn of the first and second quarter of the seventeenth century. The sole extant remnants are the octagonal „quarters” surrounded with an ochre frame, granted a distinct contour. The origin of the successive phase of the decoration is placed in the 1670s. The best preserved are the paintings from1706. Their forms, shaped by means of colour and chiaroscuro, characteristic ornaments and a programme-like illusionism aimed at transforming the optical merits of the interior are concurrent with the stylistic of mature Baroque painting. The latest decoration was probably painted immediately after 1816, when a brick chapel was added to the northern nave wall.
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