Visual Arts and Communication of Power

Višnja Bralić

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Research advisor at the Croatian Conservation Institute in Zagreb. She obtained her MA (2000) and PhD degrees (2012) at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, having completed her doctoral dissertation entitled Baroque Painting in Northern Adriatic Croatia – Painters, Workshops, Influences. In her scholarly work, she focuses on Renaissance and Baroque art, particularly on the topics of painting, relations between artistic centres, national artistic heritage and monument protection.

She was awarded a number of research fellowships (in Florence, Venice and Amsterdam) and a three-month residential fellowship within the UNESCO Fellowship Programme in 2007. She has published the findings of her research in national and international journals, conference proceedings and catalogues.

In 2005 she co-authored the book Istria pittorica Dipinti dal XV al XVIII secolo. Diocesi Parenzo-Pola (with Nina Kudiš Burić), which was published in a revised and enlarged Croatian edition as well, and in 2007 she wrote the study on a Titian Vecelli painting in Dubrovnik in a book Titian’s paintings in St Dominic’s Church in Dubrovnik. Most of her research activities were realized through the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports projects: 17th and 18th Century Churches and Church Furnishing in Northwest Croatia (1996−2001), 17th and 18th Century Architecture and Easel Paining in Croatia (2002−2006), 16th to 18th Century Architecture and Easel Painting in Croatia (2007−2013), led by the academician Vladimir Marković. From 1996 to 2002 she participated in the international research project Easel Painting in Istria until 1800, run by the Centre for Historical Research (CRS) in Rovinj and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Italy.

At the Croatian Conservation Institute, besides undertaking art-historical and conservation research, she has participated in many international conservation-restoration projects and workshops. She is the editor of the scholarly-specialist journal Portal, the Croatian Conservation Institute Annual. From 2002 to 2010 she taught Renaissance and Baroque Painting and Sculpture at the Department of Restoration and Conservation of Artworks, Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb.

In the academic years 2000/2001 and 2002/2003 she participated in the postgraduate program at the Department of Art History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb, with the topics on Venetian painting in the 17th and 18th centuries. In 2006 she taught the elective course Restoring Artworks from the 15th to 19th Centuries: The Issues of Interpretation. Since 2009 she has participated in the graduate program run by the Sub-department of Monument Protection, Department of Art History, and has taught Protection of Movable Heritage (module coordinator: Dr. Zlatko Jurić).