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God the Father (stained glass)

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Year  1904
Artist  Stanisław Wyspiański
Type  stained glass
Created  1904
God the Father (stained glass)
Location  Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Krakow
Similar  Polish Hamlet Portrait of, Stefan Batory pod Pskowem, Głowa dziewczynki, Battle of Grunwald, Veit Stoss altarpiece in Kraków

God the father - Arise is a stained glass window by Stanislaw Wyspianski in the church of Church of St. Francis of Assisi (Kraków, Poland), from about 1904, with bright modern motifs, geometric and natural shapes, heraldic elements.



Stanislaw Wyspianski was incredibly versatile. In his literary works he left behind a lot of drawings, paintings and pastel pictures with views of Kraków, portraits, various illustrations and graphics. Wyspianski designed the stained glass windows and a series of murals for churches and created the project of reconstruction of Wawel castle, never implemented.

In collaboration with Josef Mehofferom, Wyspianski created 36 stained-glass windows for St. Mary's in Kraków, Jan Matejko when helping in the restoration of the building. The creative tandem proved to be successful and among other distinguished participation in the competition decorative arts in Paris, and the development of the exterior curtain for the Juliusz Slowacki theater, in Kraków. Already, on his own, Wyspianski designed for the Franciscan church (also famous stained glass "Rise," "Blessed Salome", "Wounds of St. Francis").


God is depicted as an elderly man with white beard, in a coat. He holds his left hand over his head, and the right points to the Earth. The artist described the creation of the world (Genesis 1:1, 1:16): "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth ... And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also."

The last of God's creations was man (Genesis 1:26): "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth."


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