Renesansowe fundacje Branickich: w kręgu działalności warsztatów pińczowskich

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In the second half of the sixteenth and the beginning of the seventeenth century the Branickis of the arms-bearing Gryfs belonged to the moderately rich nobility. The family social status gradually rose, as the family members held district and court offices. In this context a series of works of art were made, founded by the representatives of the family. Their main initiator was Jan Branicki, the Cracow master of the hunt and starost of Niepołomice. He employed artists from the quarry in Pińczów. About 1595 he employed the workshop of Santi Gucci to build a tomb chapel for his parents. The building erected in Niepołomice was regarded to be the most splendid foundation. The mausoleum in Niepołomice was not matched by a court in Branice reconstructed by Jan in the beginning of the seventeenth century. A richly decorated mantelpiece and portal from the court were made in the same artistic circle as the chapel. Now the tomb of Kasper Branicki in Tarnów (erected between 1606 and 1611) was founded by Jan and Stanislaw, brothers of the dead person. This work is poor and completed without care to details. Like all the above-mentioned works it bears the stylistic traits of the Pińczów milieu. The foundations in question are a good evidence that the family was ambitious and its position important. Jan Branicki imitated the building activity of great founders, translating it into a smaller size. The varied level of the works of art means that often the non-aesthetic factors were decisive in their shape.
grobowe kaplice kopułowe, fundacje Branickich, Niepołomice (woj. małopolskie, pow. wielicki), Branice (Kraków, część miasta), Tarnów, warsztaty pińczowskie, sztuka sepulkralna, architektura rezydencjonalna, sztuka renesansowa, sztuka manierystyczna, sztuka polska, kamieniarka renesansowa, domed tomb chapels, the Branickis' foundations, Pińczów stonemason's workshops, sepulchral art, residential architecture, renaissance art, mannerist art, Polish art
Studia nad sztuką renesansu i baroku, T. VII: Fundator i dzieło w sztuce nowożytnej, cz. 2, red. J. Lileyko, I. Rolska-Boruch, Lublin 2006, s. 125-141