Walter Mencken 11 a.m., May 24
Guardian Angels Image in the St. Adalbert Church in Poznan (Saint Adalbert preached the Word of God in this place before his expedition to Christianize pagan Prussia in the years 996-997). Richly decorated altars with ornaments inspired by the Art of the Dutch provinces, extremely popular at the end of the former half of the 16th and 17th centuries, are rare to see in Poznan. In the north aisle there is an altar (coping made after the Second World War) with an image of guardian angels painted in 1631 by Christopher Boguszewski, the then parish priest and also prominent baroque painter. Not long after Pastor Boguszewski founded the Guardian Angels Brotherhood. Between the years of 1627 and 1631 he worked on paintings entitled ‘The Battle of Grunwald’ for City Hall in Gdansk. His other known works of art: ‘Wjazd sw. Marcina do Amiens / The St. Martin Way In to Amiens’, ‘Niepokalane Poczecie / The Immaculate Conception’, and ‘Niebieskie Jeruzalem / Blue Jerusalem’. In 1629, Sophia Opalinska (Peter’s wife; she was left a widow in 1624) funded his painting ‘Matka Boska na smoku / Our Lady on Dragon’ for the Sierakow side-altar in the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary church. Christopher Alexander Boguszewski died in 1635; his last resting place is the St. Adalbert Church underground.
Posted October 25, 2012