Samuel Libay a busta cisára Františka I. (Život a prvé veľké dielo banskobystrického zlatníka Samuela Libaya)
Samuel Libay and the bust of the emperor Francis I. (Life and the first great work of goldsmith Samuel Libay of Banská Bystrica)
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Goldsmithery has belonged to important handicrafts in Slovakia. Goldsmiths have been making not only devotions, but also serviceable and decorative utensils of gold and silver. The archival documents of goldsmith guild in Banská Bystrica include 175 goldsmiths who were active from the 14th to the 19th century. One of the most prominent representatives of goldsmithery in the 19th century in Banská Bystrica was Samuel Libay (1782-1866), who was goldsmith master craftsman for several years. In 1841, he finished his first great and extraordinary artwork made of fine, silver wire, filigree bust of the emperor Francis I.
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