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Vhodni portal državnega zbora stavbe

Entrance Portal of the National Assembly Building

Zdenko Kalin & Karel Putrih
1960

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Description

The portal of the parliament building rises halfway up the first floor, where its top serves as a balcony. The five pilars and the frieze in the lintel are adorned with 48 men, women and children: 34 figures in the lintel, and 24 in the columns 4, 5, 6, 5 and 4 figures.

Friz 'delovnega ljudstva' / Frieze 'Working People' by Karel Putrih

The frieze consists of 34 figures in 14 groups, from left to right:

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Ljubljana - Vhodni portal državnega zbora stavbe

These allegories are not rigidly aligned one next to another, but fluidly interlinked, thus conjuring a cross-section of life, while emphasising all-encompassing human interdependence. All the figures on the portal are naked in the spirit of the old classical language of sculpture. They are full of energy and have something of a virile and rough-edged appearance, which is typical of Putrih's style.

Pillars by Zdenko Kalin

Five pillars support the frieze. The main theme of his sculptural array is featured on the central pillar (no 3). The pillars left and right of the middle (2 and 4) are devoted to the arts, which cannot develop freely if the conditions of the main theme are not fulfilled. The outer pillars (1 and 5) are devoted to war and resistance: Peace and prosperity must always be earned; therefore, constant vigilance and preparedness are necessary to ensure them.

From left to right, from bottom to top:

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1
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2
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3
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4
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5

  1. Vigilance and preparedness (1)
  2. Fine Arts (1) and children' games:
  3. Main theme.
  4. Fine Arts (2) and children' games:
  5. Vigilance and preparedness (2); More or less the mirror reversed sculptures of pillar 1.

Signature

glanz vinko
putrih karel
kalin zdenko

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Sculptors

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Dance
  • Drilling Machine
  • Fishery
  • Forestry
  • Fruit grower
  • Girl with doll
  • Harmony (allegory)
  • Industry
  • Justice (Justitia)
  • Kalin, Zdenko
  • Liberal Arts
  • Man with boy
  • Man with cogwheel
  • Miner
  • Pickaxe
  • Putrih, Karel
  • Sculpture (allegory)
  • Shipbuilder
  • Telegraphy
  • Weaver
  • Woman (mourning)
  • Woman with child
  • Woman with dove
  • Woman with grapes
  • Location (N 46°3'4" - E 14°30'4")

    Item Code: si071; Photograph: 10 September 2016
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