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Senohrad

Church of St. Emerich
2005

reconstruction of decorative paintings,
author’s figural compositions

Admirable church

The church of St. Emeric in Senohrad is remarkable on the outside as well as on the inside. It is built up on a high hill in the heart of beautiful nature. It is surrounded by a cemetery from one side and by stations of the mysteries of the rosary from the other.

This single nave church surprises with its splendor and richness of the exterior as well as the interior. In the Baroque interior there are three well-preserved original altars and a pulpit. Pews are also original and lavishly carved. The whole interior gives a harmonious impression.

The ceiling and walls carry lavish plastic imitations from the beginning of the 20th century. According to the parish chronicle, the decorator Adam received a papal recognition for these decorations. They frame four figural compositions on the ceiling and on two of the walls.

Posledná večera

Institution of the Eucharist

A painting of the Eucharistic sacrifice is located on the right side of the sanctuary. It is placed in imitated frame architecture.

The King of Heaven and Earth is situated in the middle of his twelve apostles. With a tender smile he gives us the Bread of eternal life in his right hand. In his left hand he holds the cup of a New Testament.

Through their adoration the apostles convince us about this incomprehensible mystery. Only the traitor Judas Iscariot gives us a blurred look.

Jesus and the adulterous woman

Jesus and the adulterous woman

The painting shows merciful love of Jesus Christ toward the adulterous woman. She represents all of us, repenting sinners. The men standing opposite to Christ and the adulterous woman personify the seven cardinal sins.

The first one personifies pride, the green behind him greed. In front of the latter, next to pride, there is lust. Envy stands behind lust; and behind envy there is gluttony, wrath and sloth

“He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” They dropped the stones to the ground. And Jesus told her: “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” cf. John 8:7-11)

Jakub

The wrestle with the Angel

is painted as a window to heavens. And Jacob was left alone. And there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.

The morning is breaking in. Then the stranger said: “Let me go, for the day is breaking.” And Jacob (in purple) replied:
“I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.” And the stranger asked him: “What is thy name?” And he told him: “Jacob.” Then the other said: “Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.” (Gen 32:25-29) And he blessed him there.

Apostole Paul

Saul’s conversion to Paul

Saul was ever eager to kill disciples of the Lord. As he went and approached Damascus, he was suffused with the light from heaven. He fell on the ground and heard a voice saying to him: “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?” He said: “Who art thou, Lord?” And the other said: “I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.” (cf. Acts 22:7-8) Here Peter Chambal Sr., the author of these figural compositions from the GloriaDei team, painted Jesus Christ as the Light of the World, the gracious Lord whom we know from a merciful picture of God’s mercy.

I personally was intrigued by the creativity and flexibility of the artist processing new topics, and by clear, solid and deep spiritual experiencing of individual works and of every single detail.

Mgr. Peter Farkas, administrator of the parish during the commission