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Sacred Relics

Sacred Relics
Our ancestors adopted Christianity even before the arrival of St. Cyril and Methodius. At certain points in its past, Slovakia was multicultural and multiconfessional. The exhibition “Sacred Relics” features those artefacts from the museum’s stock which are related to passages from the Bible. The oldest exhibits in the historical and art section include a Roman stone baptismal font and four medieval building blocks. What can be considered the finest pieces of the collection are the Pieta sculpture and a sculpture of Pensive Christ. The exhibition centers on religious sculptures as well as altarpieces by Baroque artists who were renowned in Trnava of the 18th century, such as Josef Zanussi or Andrej Zallinger. Models of Gothic cathedrals – the lowest cathedral in Milan and the highest in Ulm – are an impressive sight to behold. The model of the museum’s building adds interest to the presentation of the history of the St. Clare’s monastery in Trnava. Apart from Christian pieces, the exhibition includes a small number of Jewish artefacts.
Folk art is represented by numerous objects with religious subtext which simple folk would always have close by, from cradle to deathbed. Miniature statues of saints, Pieta and Madonna figurines, wooden crucifixes, pottery with religious motifs, and holy water fonts, all of these could be once found in the rural household. Even benches and chests were adorned with biblical imagery. A nativity scene can be of particular interest to the visitors of the museum.
Sacred Relics
Sacred Relics
Sacred Relics
Sacred Relics
Sacred Relics
Sacred Relics
Sacred Relics
Sacred Relics
Sacred Relics
Sacred Relics
Sacred Relics
Sacred Relics