Visual Arts and Communication of Power

Activities in 2015

December 2015

Milan Pelc, Mirjana Repanić-Braun and Petra Batelja at Conference in Sisak

Project leader Milan Pelc, PhD and project team members Mirjana Repanić-Braun, PhD and Petra Batelja, M.A. participated in the Marian conference “Veneration of the Virgin Mary in the Diocese of Sisak”, which was held from the 4th to 8th of December, 2015 in Sisak. The conference was organized on the occasion of the 6th anniversary of re-establishing the Sisak diocese (Diocesis Sisciensis). The three-day conference was organized by the Diocese of Sisak and Croatian Marian Institute of the Faculty of Catholic Theology, University of Zagreb. On the first day, Milan Pelc, PhD gave a paper entitled „Marian Iconography in the Missal of Bishop George of Topusko“, while Mirjana Repanić-Braun, PhD held a lecture „Painted images of Virgin Mary in Kloštar Ivanić and Kutina“. Petra Batelja, M.A. gave her paper on the second day, which was entitled „Sisak Saint Mary the Protectress“.

After the conference, seminar participants continued with a field trip to particular locations within the Diocese of Sisak (Stara Drenčina, Brest, Vurot, Glina, Krapina and Kloštar Ivanić).

November 2015

Public lecture held by Višnja Bralić in Pula

On Thursday, 12 November 2015, Višnja Bralić, PhD gave a public lecture From Pictorial Heritage of Istra: State and Religious Cults and Commissioners' Self-Promotion in Religious and Public Spaces. The lecture was held as a part of series of lectures “Istria in the Modern Period”, which accompanied the exhibition “Istria: the Lion and the Eagle” in Sveta Srca (2 July – 15 November).

In her lecture Višnja Bralić gave a concise review of researches on the iconography of Venetian state representation in commissions of Venetian governors and podestàs for public and sacral spaces in Istria, Venetian variations of iconography after the Council of Trent in fraternity commissions, and the activity of most eminent 17th- and 18th-century Istrian bishops.

June 2015

Joško Belamarić and Daniel Premerl in Romania

From 11th to 22nd June 2015 Joško Belamarić and Daniel Premerl participated in the final stage of mobile research seminar From Riverbed to Seashore – Art on the Move in Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean in the Early Modern Period, headed by Professor Aline Payne (Harvard University, USA) and supported by The Getty Foundation, Connecting Art Histories Initiative. The one-year seminar was rounded off with a scientific conference that was held at the New Europe College in Bucharest. At the conference, twenty-one seminar participants from the United States of America, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine and Russia held their presentations.

After the conference, seminar participants continued with a field trip to Bucharest and the historical regions of Wallachia, Transylvania and Dobruja.

Conference programme

Milan Pelc and Mirjana Repanić-Braun at Conference in Vienna

Project leader Milan Pelc, PhD and project team member Mirjana Repanić-Braun, PhD participated at the international conference entitled Representing the Habsburg-Lorraine Dynasty in Music, Media and Architecture, c. 1618‒1918, which was held from the 8th to 10th of June in Vienna. Milan Pelc had a paper entitled Leopold I. in der Sammlung Valvasor - Ikonographie des Kaisers aus der Perspektive eines adeligen Zeitgenossen. The author presented a part of Valvasor’s print collection (Bibliotheca Metropolitana – Library of the Zagreb Archbishopric) related  to Emperor Leopold I (1640‒1705)  as an important part of the emperor’s representation, as well as the representation of the royal house of Habsburg. Mirjana Repanić-Braun recalled in her lecture Representation of Habsburgs in the Croatian Historical Lands: Public Spaces and Art as Political Apparatus the long period of Habsburg political dominance and presence in Croatian hiostorical areas, which has left many long-lasting reminders visible in the urbanism, architecture and art.

May 2015

Milan Pelc – opening of the international conference Discovering Dalmatia

Head of Institute of Art History and VACOP-project leader Milan Pelc, PhD gave a short introduction at the opening ceremony of the conference Discovering Dalmatia. Dalmatia in 18th and 19th Century Travelogues, Pictures and Photographs (Split, 20 – 22 May 2015). In his speech he stressed the fact that the cultural image of Dalmatia was constructed and interpreted under different conditions that reflect different personal, political, sociological, scientific, artistic and other interests of interpreters and their time. But the contribution of modern scientists lies in the deconstruction of traditional paradigmes, which should bring about more accurate interpretations of the historical reception realised in different formats of traditional accounts.

Public lecture organised by Cvito Fisković Centre, Institute of Art History in Split

On Tuesday, 19 May 2015, Matteo Mazzalupi, PhD gave a public lecture entitled Painting in Ancona in the 15th Century with Several Parallels to Dalmatian Painting. He presented a panorama of 15th-century painting in Ancona with many important artists like Olivuccio di Ceccarello da Camerino, Nicola di maestro Antonio, Piero della Francesca and others. He explained the role of commissioners in enriching the city churches with works of art, and pointed to the connection between the artist from Ancona and commissioners in Dalmatia.

Ivana Prijatelj-Pavičić – Participation at the First International Symposium of Young Art Historians, Split

On May 9th 2015, Ivana Prijatelj-Pavičić held at the First International Symposium of Young Art Historians in Split an invited lecture entitled In Pursuit of the National Style: To What Extent are the Works of Schiavone Artists „National“. From the time of Venetian rule on the Dalmatian coast in the 15th century until today, the shift of symbolic, cultural and political frontiers has been reflected in different interpretations of the identity of Schiavone artists and their historical meaning. The notion of “national” in their work is analyzed as a variable dependent on the temporal and social context in which the interpretation of artists’ work was produced.

April 2015

Venice and Baroque Period Painting in Croatian Northern Adriatic at Exhibition Sacred and Profane

Project team member Višnja Bralić, PhD participated in setting up the exhibition Sacred and Profane: Italian Baroque Painting in Croatia, which was opened on April 16 at Klovićevi Dvori Gallery in Zagreb (the exhibition project was led by Radoslav Tomić, member of Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts). In the extensive exhibition catalogue, Višnja Bralić published the introductory text Venice and Baroque Period Painting in Croatian Northern Adriatic, along with twenty individual studies of 17th- and 18th-century paintings.

The presentation of Veliki osječki most / The Great Osijek Bridge

osjecki mostOn April 17th 2015 project leader, Dr. Milan Pelc, participated on a book presentation Veliki osječki most, povijesni dossier i suvremena interpretacija / The Great Osijek Bridge, Historical Dossier and Contemporary Interpretation published by Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (HAZU), Zagreb, 2014, 165 pages. The authors of the book are Ivana Haničar Buljan, Nenad Moačanin, Milan Pelc, Mladen Pešić and Ratko Vučetić. The presentation took place in the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Zagreb. Milan Pelc contributed with a lecture about the iconography of the Great Bridge in visual media dating from the 17th and 18th century (illustrations, prints, drawings and illustrated broadsheets). Historical investigation and interpretation of the visual media concerning the bridge opens a possibility for better understanding of the significant role of visual propaganda from the times of the Ottoman wars. Spreading the news about the victories and success of the Christian forces, they also represent the power of the House of Habsburg and emperor Leopold I.

March 2015

Daniel Premerl in Prague

On 11th March 2015 Daniel Premerl gave an invited lecture at the Institute of Art History in Prague (Ústav dějin umění Akademie věd České republiky). The title of the lecture was „How the Czech Saint became the Croatian Saint ‒ Saint Ivan the Hermit's Croatian Iconography“.

February 2015

Joško Belamarić and Daniel Premerl at Harvard

From 19th January to 4th February 2015 Joško Belamarić and Daniel Premerl were at Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA) participating at the research seminar From Riverbed to Seashore ‒ Art on the Move in Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean in the Early Modern Period, led by Prof. Aline Payne (Harvard University). The seminar that commenced last year will end in July in Buchurest (Romania) with research presentations by all twenty participants from Central and Eastern Europe.