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Author: Jan Samek
Year of publication: 2002
Source: Show
Pages: 95-104
DOI Address: http://dx.doi.org/10.15804/ksm200207
PDF: ksm/06/ksm200207.pdf

Church of S S John the Baptist and John the Evangelist in Cracow was founded by Piotr Wlostowic in the first halfofthe I ?" century. At the beginning it was a two-span one-nave church with an apse. The church has been repeatedły rebuilt. for the first time probably in the eariy It'-l'h century when the east vault ofthe presbitery was mada; and perhaps the initial apse was removed. It is a building in the Romanesque style. extensively changed in the Gothic period as well as in the l7"' (the t'aęade) and [8'!] centuries. Antoni Frączkiewicz, a well-known sculptor. was involved in the making ofthe altars which datę from that period.  The monastery houses valuable paintings dealing with both religious and sccular topics painted by domestic and foreign artists alike. Ari example of the latter is TW!) Musicians from the l7'h century.  The treasury contains 17'" and l8”* century works ofart from Cracow such as the l8' ' ' century suń rnonstrance. in late-Baroque style. with a figurę of the Mother of God and the Child or l7lh century chalices: a rnannien'st one from the first quarter ofthe l7"' century. an eariy Baroque one from 1633 and a Chalice from 1639 with letters DZ. Ofspecial interest is a dress for the Gothic-Renaissance painting ofthe Mother of God in the main altar from 1683 which also depicts Cracovian burghers.  The architecture and fumishings of the 83 John the Baptist and John the Evange- list Church as well as the works of art housed by the monastery are an example of layering' of style so characteristic of Cracow enyironment ~ an initially Romancsque church rcbuilt in Gothic and Baroque periods and mmished with works ofart span- ning four centuries. from the 15'h to the 19th century.

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