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The Four Evangelists. Design for an unexecuted stained glass window above the western portal of St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, 1948

Leopold Museum,
Vienna
Oil on fiberboard
65×85 cm

Artists

  • Anton Kolig

    (Neutitschein/Nový Jičín 1886–1950 Nötsch im Gailtal)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
This colorful, multi-figure scene, showing the Four Evangelists, was created by the painter Anton Kolig (1886–1950) as a draft for a detail for the unexecuted stained glass window above the western portal of St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna. The artist placed the authors of the gospels in the order of their texts in the Holy Scripture. They are depicted with their attributes: Mark with a lion, Matthew with a man, Luke with a bull, and John with an eagle. The evangelists are occupied with the presentation of their symbols, which appear as real beings. On the foremost level, we discern a series of small figures. Further themes Kolig intended to realize for the western window included the apocalypse, the pietà and the Sermon on the Mount, but also secular allegories, for instance of the arts and sciences, or the anecdotal scene The Sun Seekers.

Object data

Artist/author
Title
The Four Evangelists. Design for an unexecuted stained glass window above the western portal of St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna
Date
1948
Art movement
Nötsch Circle
Category
Painting
Material​/technique
Oil on fiberboard
Dimensions
65×85 cm
Signature
Dated upper right: 1948
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 355
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Anton Kolig, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Köln 2017 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 22.09.2017-08.01.2018).
  • Otmar Rychlik: Anton Kolig 1886-1950. Das malerische Werk, Wien 2001.
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Provenance

Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Nachlass Anton Kolig, Nötsch (1950);
Katharina Kolig, Nötsch (1950-1971);
Fridolin Kolig, Feistritz (1971-1977); (1)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1977-1994); (2)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Archiv des Leopold Museums, E-Mail von Cornelius Kolig an Dr. Franz Smola (LMPS) vom 27.02.2017
  2. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Kaufbestätigung vom 30.05.1977

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