Photo album: November 2011
Calender 2012 with pictures of the Art Nouveau (Jugendstil, Secession) in Timişoara / Temeswar
Despite the not very conventional aesthetics of the Secession, it made its way into the churches as well – especially through the paintings. They may not be visionary works in the style of Gustav Klimmt, but still, the clear contours with thick brushstrokes, allowing for precise bordering of colors, proved to be well suited for stained glass. Historical characters are shown wearing expensive folded garments, their heads with abundant locks of hair. All of these were already common in the Secession, and, in a broader way, for the style of the 1900s. The stained glass of the Seminary chapel were realised somewhen between 1912 and 1914 by the Hungarian painter Nagy Sándor and the glass artist Róth Miksa; together with the stained glass in the Palace of Culture in Târgu Mureş they stand for the best paintings of the art of the 1900s in nowadays Romania. The themes of the works come from the history of the Cenad roman-catholic diocesis (today: Timişoara bishopric), of Hungary as well as scenes with catholic saints: Saint Stephen (King of Hungary) sharing food to the poor, The martyrdom of Saint Gerhard (founder of the diocese), Pope Leon welcoming Attila, Saint Apostle Peter, Saint Francisc of Xavier, protector of the missioners, Saint Franscisc of Assisi preaching to the birds, Saint Aloysius Gonzaga taking care of the ill people and Saint Francisc of Sales, the saint of the gentleness. These stained glass compositions had an agitated history. They where framed initially in the chapel of the catholic Seminary, building which was taken over by the communist state ("nationalized"), and which is still used today by the Timişoara University of Medicine and Pharmacy. At the point of losing the property by the diocese, the (clandestine) bishop Adalbert Boros, being aware that the pieces are in danger of peril, secretly disposed they were to be removed and hidden in the catholic dome church; there they spent over five decades, hidden near the organ. All this time, art critics believed that the eight precious works of art, masterpieces of the arts of the 1900s, where lost forever. Their existence was announced publicly only after 1990, followed by a thorough restoration; in the end, they were installed in the bishop's palace. Here we could see and take photos of them, due to the kindness of His Excellency, Bishop Martin Roos, to whom we are grateful.
In the autumn of 2011 we realised a calendar aimed at presenting the astonishing heritage of Timisoara to the world. Our pictures show special buildings and monuments from special angles – we want to open new perspectives to the history of Timisoara. On the page of each month we have a large picture of a detail of the Art Nouveau architecture of Timisoara; this architecture is also known as Jugendstil or Secession (the last name is very popular in our town) or, plainly, "style 1900", and makes up an important part of our city tours of Timisoara. On the back side of each month's page there's more information about the depicted monument – now you can read that info here in this photo album.
The calender were aimed to be gifts to our friends, customers and guests. In the meantime we have already started working for the calendar 2013!
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