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Milan Pelc was born on 24 November 1958 in Sisak, Croatia. He obtained his undergraduate degree in German language and literature, and art history in 1984 at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb, and he went on to obtain a master's degree at the same faculty in 1988 with a thesis entitledIlustracije hrvatskih protestantskih knjiga tisaknih u Urachu 1561. − 1565. (Illustrations in Croatian Protestant Volumes Printed in Urach 1561–1565). Since 1992 he holds a PhD obtained at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb after submitting a dissertation on life and works of Martin Rota Kolunić, a 16th century engraver from Šibenik (Život i djela šibenskog bakroresca Martina Rote Kolunića (oko 1540. − 1583.)
Starting in June 1985 until the end of 1988, he worked as a librarian at the department of old and rare books and manuscripts at the Croatian National and University Library in Zagreb. He worked as an assistant lecturer at the Department of Art History at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb from January 1989 until February 1993. In March 1993 he was offered a position at the Institute of Art History in Zagreb. In 2003 he was appointed director of the Institute, and he has held the position since.
He also teaches the subject Visual Culture at the Design Studies at the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb.
He was awarded three fellowships by the A. von Humboldt Foundation, first in 1994–1995 at the University of Tübingen, then in 2005, 2008 and 2014 at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich. He spent some time as a fellow of the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel on several occasions, and he has also made study visits to Paris, London, Florence and Vienna.
His scientific research is mostly focused on the areas of European and Croatian prints and book illustrations during the early modern period (1400–1700), Croatian prints in the 19th and early 20th centuries, Renaissance in Croatia and Europe, history and theory of art history, and the history of books and visual media.
His activities include translating various books and articles on art history by German authors into Croatian.
He has held series of lectures in Croatia and abroad, as well as at numerous national and international scientific and academic conferences. He also organised several exhibitions of Croatian historical graphics.
Moreover, he is a distinguished member of the international editorial boards of a Slovenian illustrated scholarly journal Acta Historiae Artis Slovenica (Ljubljana), and ARS (Bratislava), the journal of Institute of Art History of Slovak Academy of Sciences.