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Right hand of God in the stained glass "God the Father – Stań się" by Wyspiański, reflecting the discovery of Roentgen’s radiation

Bałus, Wojciech

In: Polish Journal of Radiology, 74 (2009), Nr. 4. pp. 104-106

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Translation of abstract (English)

Discovery of new radiation brought a lot of ideas how to make use of this phenomenon in medicine and other sciences. It also inspired artist. The autor is making an attempt to find the relationship between Roentgen’s discovery and a design of a famous stained flass window completed in 1904 by Stanisław Wyspiański "God the Father – Stań się" (God creating the world out of chaos) in a Franciscan Church in Cracow. The artist presented in an unusual way the right hand of God as if it was the x-rayed image. In this way, Wyspiański wanted to pay attention to the act of creation as a process that is triggering extraordinary physical phenomena. Having in mind artist’s interests in the natural sciences and his contacts with the medical society in Cracow, we may assume that he deliberately used Roentgen’s discovery to expose the unique character of the process of creation in the stained glass.

Document type: Article
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2010 17:33
Faculties / Institutes: Research Project, Working Group > Individuals
DDC-classification: Painting
Controlled Subjects: Wyspiański, Stanisław, Krakau / Franziskanerkirche, Glasmalerei
Subject (classification): Artists, Architects
Countries/Regions: East Europe
Collection: ART-Dok Central and Eastern Europe