Side altar

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Maria Działo


The side altar of Madonna of Częstochowa in the Monastery of Reformed Fathers in Wieliczka was created after the church fire in 1718. Before the date of its consecration (1721), it was created along with the other altars located in the temple. It represents the aedicula type – i.e. a single-story, uniaxial structure placed on a pair of supports supporting broken entablature, along with an altar finial – typical of the 18th century. The work in question was built on the foundation of the Różyccy family from Wieliczka and was originally dedicated to St. Anne. In the main area of the altar there is the painting "Madonna of Częstochowa," transferred from the Wieliczka mine in 1869, while in the altar finial there is 18th-century painting of St. Barbara. The altar was built by artisans: Modest Gronalewicz, Beniamin Groński, Faustyn Gawlikowski and Maksym Ptaszkowski- employed at the construction of the burnt temple.

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Maria Działo, "Side altar", [in:] "The Sacred Lesser Poland Heritage", 2024, source:

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