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zVg Municipality of Loreto
nAfter restoration, the historic Pieta was recently placed in the cemetery.
The renovation was approved by the local council in April of the previous year. The restoration work was then carried out – according to the specifications of the Federal Archaeological Office – by Alexander Gregorics, a restorer from Oslip.
“Unfortunately, parts of the inscriptions can no longer be read,” mayor Markus Nietski (ÖVP) told BVZ. Rudolf Croucher of Stutzing was eventually able to provide a remedy here: “As an expert in the field, he was able to excavate the writing in the Pieta as well as the basic story based on the Latin records of the servants of our monastery.”
The Pietà is therefore the tombstone of former master stonemason Karl Adam Scheidler of Loreto, who died in 1771 at the age of 36. The tomb appears to have been created by the widow’s new husband, who was also a mason. According to experts, Loreto was generally influenced by the “building scene” of the Baroque period, Netsky said. For example, Georg Debrunner, who designed the drum columns for the dome of the Karlskirche, came from the city, as did the builder of the community’s grass church, Johann Anton Grass, from this time.
After a new base was created and restoration work was completed, the statue was returned to the cemetery at the end of September. The cost, according to the local director: “about 20 thousand euros.”
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