Kolozsvári Brothers

The art of the Kolozsvári brothers, Márton and György, is a unique one in Europe which makes art historians interested in events leading up to it, e.g. Italian, French and Czech art. The only work which has survived the centuries is the Statue of St. George in Prague. Other works are known only from descriptions.
Statues of St. Stephen, Emeric and Ladislaus (before 1372) and the equestrian statue of St. Ladislaus (1390) stand in Nagyvárad. It is still a question to be answered whether the statue of St. George was given to Prague as a present during the reign of Lewis the Great or later, or whether it was intended to be a statue for a fountain, for a niche or for an altar.

The Kolozsvári brothers applied the lost wax process which had not been used since ancient days making it fairly obvious that the statue must have been created by them. The relationship of small technical details to the goldsmith's trade does not give any answer to questions on their art. The type of the figure, the horse turning away, the pedestal with floral decoration and the landscape full of animals prove inspiration by court painting. They accomplished their jobs by relying on iconographic elements and ideas of international court culture.

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