Art Historical Collections

The Škofja Loka Museum's art historical collections cover different art periods in the area of Škofja Loka, ranging from an overview of painting in the Middle Ages – the most important artwork from that period being a replica of the Holy Sunday fresco from Crngrob – to the Baroque art with an emphasis on the golden altars from the Church of St Lucia in Dražgoše, which are now housed in the castle chapel.

The collections also cover the art of the 19th-century realism and the modernist paintings of the first half of the 20th century. A special focus is on the Ivan Grohar Collection. Grohar is considered a leading representative of Slovenian impressionism and one of the turn of the century's most important artists who paved the way for the Slovenian art's 20th-century modernism. The exhibited artworks date back to Grohar's early period even before he painted his most famous landscapes –imbued with the spirit of impressionism and symbolism – which he is best known for.

Great emphasis is placed also on the collection of modern art of the second half of the 20th century and contemporary art of the 21st century.

For curious minds:


  • The Škofja Loka Museum's collections also contain the artworks created by members of the Šubic family from Poljane. The family members include artists who crafted various altars, paintings and sculptures in their workshop, thus leaving an unmistakable imprint in the local area in the past, as well as some famous Slovenian painters. The two most important and noteworthy ones were brothers Janez Šubic Jr and Jurij Šubic, who lived and worked in the second half of the 19th century and are considered the pioneers of realism in Slovenian painting. In addition to this, Jurij Šubic is also the first Slovenian representative of plein air painting. The most important artist in the second half of the 20th century was Ive Šubic with his characteristic painting style blending the elements of realism, expressionism, cubism and primitivism. Šubic was also well-known for depicting the National Liberation War-related subjects and is considered the most important Slovenian artists in this field. Another famous Šubic family member is the painter Maja Šubic, whose works are presented in the contemporary art collection.
  • The four large golden altars from the succursal church of St Lucia in Dražgoše, which burnt down in 1942, are some of Slovenia's richest golden altars. These particular altars are wooden, Baroque-style altars, richly carved and gilded, and typical of the 17th century in Slovenia. The altars depict the development of carving in this area in the 17th century, ranging from the bye-altar of St Ana, the Jamšek family's Škofja Loka-based workshop from 1628 with the symbols of the Italian Renaissance, the completely Baroque altar of St Ingenuin with northern influences dating back to 1660, the main southern-type altar of St Lucia, which was made in 1658 by Master Jakob Korneli of Ljubljana, to the altar of St Anton created by the same master who created St Ingenuin's altar, dating from 1689, which is a blend of the northern and southern types.



Chapel in the Škofja Loka Castle <em>Photo: Janez Pelko</em>
Chapel in the Škofja Loka Castle Photo: Janez Pelko
Medieval art Collection <em>Photo: Janez Pelko</em>
Medieval art Collection Photo: Janez Pelko
+2Golden altars from the succursal church of St Lucia in Dražgoše
Golden altars from the succursal church of St Lucia in Dražgoše
Ivan Grohar <em>Photo: Janez Pelko</em>
Ivan Grohar <em>Photo: Janez Pelko</em>

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