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The Missionaries’ Church by the Vilnia

Author: Zygmunt Mieczyslaw Czaykowski (1887–1950)
Dimensions:53 × 40 cm

bottom left: Misjonarze u Wilenki, bottom right: signature / 1940

The Ascension (or Missionaries’) Church, built on the high Saviour Hill, is considered to be one of the most handsome Baroque monuments in Vilnius. Its construction began at the end of the 17th century, but it acquired its present appearance in the middle of the 18th century, when it gained a façade with graceful towers designed by Johann Christoph Glaubitz, the most prominent architect of Late Baroque in Vilnius. Opposite the church was the mansion of Jeronimas Sanguška, a nobleman of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, which he donated to the order. The church and monastery were surrounded by a large enclosed orchard with numerous fruit trees, ponds and vegetable gardens, and below them flowed the River Vilnia. The artist who depicted this view of the church during the Second World War accentuated the link between nature and Baroque architecture.

Source: Law firm Valiunas Ellex art album VILNIUS. TOPOPHILIA I (2014). Compiler and author Laima Laučkaitė