In the early 20th century, the cathedral, owned by the Armenian community located at the banks of the Poltva River since the Middle Ages, was thoroughly rebuilt. Its charismatic religious leader, the Bishop Jan Teodorowicz, commissioned for this work major representatives of the Young Poland artistic circles. The new Orthodox-looking architecture design was created by Franciszek Mączyński, the most important Krakow architect of the period of Art Nouveau and early Modernism. Decorations of the presbytery, including mosaics in the cupola, were designed by Józef Mehoffer. The interior was completed with a series of mural paintings by Jan Henryk Rosen, executed after the First World War. The resulting set constitutes one of the major works of Polish religious art of the interwar period. The catalogue discusses the history of the rebuilding and the execution of the interior decoration, as well as the biographies of its creators. The idea for the catalogue sprang from the recent conservation of the paintings by Jan Henryk Rosen.
The Armenian Cathedral and Its Creators
Date of issue: 2016
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In the early 20th century, the cathedral, owned by the Armenian community located at the banks of the Poltva River since the Middle Ages, was thoroughly rebuilt.