One of the most beautiful gable decorated houses of the town is the Sgrafitto house (=Jurisich Square). The cradle of the decoration method is Italy. We can see it in several places in Kőszeg, which seems to prove the connection among craftsmen from Italy and Kőszeg. (The word “sgrafitto" means scratched in English) This itself explain the essence of this technique. In this case, two or more layers of plaster were put on the frontage of the building. The layers have different colours. The upper layer was usually lighter, which was scratched down until the figure had appeared on the darker one. The main motif of the decoration of this house is a large tulip vase on the painted balustrade balcony. In a small niche in the middle of the arched gable of the building there is baroque statue of Mary. On the main cornice below the statue a Latin inscription, a passage from the epistle of Paul the Aopstle to the Romans can be read: “ non est volentis, neque currentis sed miserentis dei – MDCLXVIII: “ “ So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but God that showeth mercy."
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