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Diocletian Palace, Split

  • Robert Adam. Rvins of the Palace of the Emperor Diocletian at Spalatro in Dalmatia (London: Printed for the author, 1764)

Manuscript note on fly-leaf: " Given to the Library of Yale College ... by Thomas Whately ... and transmitted to the said Library by J. Ingersoll ... London, Jan. 12, 1765."

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  • Frane Bulić. Palača cara Dioklecijana u Splitu (Zagreb: Matica hrvatska, 1927)

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  • Jerko Marasović and Tomislav Marasović. Diocletian Palace. Photographs by Nenad Gattin (Zagreb: Zora, 1970)

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Giulio Clovio (1498-1578)

  • John W. Bradley. The Life and Works of Giorgio Giulio Clovio, Miniaturist, 1495-1578 (London: B. Quaritch, 1891)

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  • Ivana Prijatelj-Pavičić. Julije Klovic (Zagreb: Matica hrvatska, 1999)

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Vera Kružić Uchytil

  • Vlaho Bukovac--život i djelo (Zagreb: Matica hrvatska, 1968)

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Francesco Laurana (ca. 1430-1502)

Francesco Laurana was born in Vrana, close to Zadar around 1430. His name comes from his birthplace “de lo Vrana” which became Latinized into Laurana. Laurana was schooled and trained in Zadar, Sibenik and Dubrovnik in Imperial Roman and Gothic traditions, but he soon found his own style. He worked in Naples, Sicily and Provence. In one of his first assignments in Naples he worked on the Triumphal Arch of Alphonse of Aragon (1453-1458). From 1448-1467 Laurana was at the court of King Rene in Provence, where he created medals for the court. Laurana is famous for his sculpted busts of young women. Here is presented a detail from the Calvary sculpted for the chapel of Celestins in Avignon between 1478-1481. Forgotten for several centuries, he is held today in very high regard by art historians. “Laurana’s highly original handling of technical and representational problems, his variability of style, his preference for the subjective and the irrational rather that objective and rational- even his secretiveness have all combined to rescue Laurana’s private language from the limbo of dead tongues.” (From the introduction by the Ruth Wedgwood Kennedy)

  • Four Portrait Busts by Francesco Laurana. Photos by Clarence Kennedy, with an introductory biographical essay by Ruth Wedgwood Kennedy (Northampton, Mass.: The Gehenna Press, 1962)
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  • Chrysa Damianaki. The Female Portriat Busts of Francesco Laurana (Manziana [Roma]: Vecchiarelli, 2000)


Ivan Meštrovi (1883-1962)

  • Božidar Gagro. Ivan Meštrović. Photogarphs by Nenad Gattin (Zagreb: Globus, 1987)
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  • Željko Grum. Meštrović. Photographs by Tošo Dabac. 2d rev. edition  (Zagreb: Matica Hrvatska, 1969)

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Cathedral of St. Jacob (Katedrala sv. Jakova), Šibenik

  • Radovan Ivančević. Šibenska katedrala. Photographs by Damir Fabijanić (Šibenik: Gradska knjižnica "Juraj Sižgorić", 1998)

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