As a sign of love and gratitude.
The word “donate” origins back to 1375-1425.
The German word “schenken” (“to donate”, “to give”) derives from the word “einschenken” (“to pour”) and, together with the Old English “scencan” and the Old French “skenka”, can be traced back to the West Germanic “skankija”. This can still be found to this day, in "Schenke" (“tavern”), Wirtshaus (“inn”). Only since the subsequent New High German era has the word “schenken” been understood in terms of “unentgeltlich geben” (“to give gratuitously”). This development emerged from the custom of distributing drinks as well as presents at festive receptions.
Donating is an expression of love and gratitude and the Ferdinand Stuflesser 1875 workshop has donated various works of art for this very reason. These include the following works:
- Side Altar in the Parish Church of Ortisei in Val Gardena
- Andreas Hofer Statue in St. Leonhard in Val Passiria
- The statute of Christ on Seura Sass, above Ortisei in Val Gardena