Stane Kregar, one of the pioneers of Slovenian sacred modernist painting, reached his pinnacle in sacred opus with the work Triptych: Creation – Salvation – Glorification, and he reached the quality of his secular artworks. The main focus of my diploma thesis is to explore Kregar's triptych through iconographic-theoretical analysis, stylistic and contextual analysis.
The research problem of my thesis lies in defining style of the seminary triptych from the artistic as well as from the theoretical perspective, which has been widely discussed in literature and also appeared at exhibitions, such as the exhibition "A Pilgrim towards Beauty" (“Romar k lepoti”). I write about Kregar’s use of colour, his technique of highlighting by using bright colours, strict composition, his way of using the outline, the stroke and art space. Many authors, such as Tomaž Brejc, Emilijan Cevc, Jure Mikuž, Aleksander Bassin, Milček Komelj and Andrej Doblehar, have already discussed and researched Kregar, but with the exception of Marijan Tršar, who has partly dealt with theoretical stylistic issues, no one has dealt with these issues yet. My work aims to take a new approach to the understanding of the triptych.
The thesis consists of four chapters. In the first chapter, I discuss the sacral iconography and the development of the triptych through history. In the second chapter, I write about the iconographic and iconological analysis in the third I discuss the artistic and the theoretical treatment of the artwork and in the fourth chapter contextual analysis of the painting. For the purpose of both, the theoretical and research part of the thesis, different methods were used. The majority however, is based on the comparative analysis of various written sources and literature and their synthesis. I also used the method of description and observation, the method of formal analysis, the iconographic analysis, the iconological and contextual analysis.