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Sanctuary of St. Jerome's Church in Štrigova

The conservation of illusionistic wall paintings by John the Baptist Ranger in the sanctuary of the Baroque Pauline Church has been underway since 2000
Dubrovački »zelenci«

The Story of the Dubrovnik Bronze Jacks

These movable bronze sculptures of mythical soldiers struck the hours on the Dubrovnik City Bell Tower, built in 1444-5, for more than four centuries
Restauriranje dubrovačkog Tiziana

Conservation of the Dubrovnik’s Titian

The painting 'St Mary Magdalene, St Blaise, the Archangel Raphael with Tobias and the Donator' was painted by Tiziano Vecellio around 1550
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Noble Castle of Sokolac

The mediaeval noble castle of Sokolac was the most important centre of the powerful Croatian princes of Krk in the region of Lika
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Tulsamerican, the Legendary WW II Bomber

The aircraft wreck found in the vicinity of the island of Vis is the remains of an American Second World War bomber

Europa Nostra

European Commission's Prize for Cultural Heritage, the Europa Nostra Award, is the highest European acknowledgement in the field of cultural heritage. Among this year's laureates are two exceptional achievements from Croatia: St. Martin’s Chapel in Stari Brod in the Conservation category, and art historian Ferdinand Meder, chairman of the Institute's Steering Council, in the Dedicated Service category.

'Portal' Journal

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Croatian Conservation Institute's periodical, Portal, is a peer-reviewed academic journal published annually since 2010. Directed at presenting research and professional papers on investigations, treatments, results, theoretical reflections and historical overviews, Portal is open to all those who wish to contribute, professionally and scholarly, to the reflection and promotion of art conservation and restoration. Owing to its comprehensive abstracts in English, the basic content of each paper is also available to international experts.

International projects

EwaGlos – European Illustrated Glossary for Conservation Terms of Wall Painting and Architectonic Surfaces

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EwaGlos (European Illustrated Glossary for Conservation Terms of Wall Painting and Architectonic Surfaces) is the title of the international project which has for a goal the development of multilingual illustrated dictionary for conservation terms of wall painting and architectonic surfaces. Several chapters of the dictionary will cover the basic terminology from this field: materials, artists and techniques, state of monuments, phenomena of its aging and deterioration and methods of the conservation and restoration. With the adequate structure of its content and the translations of high quality the intention is that everybody can use this dictionary. The experts and the institutions from seven different countries are participating in the project. One of the partners is the Croatian Conservation Institute, represented by Ivan Srša, consultant conservator-restorer in the Department for Wall Paintings and Mosaics.
The Claustra Project – “Stone Barriers of the Roman Empire” Approved by the IPA Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Slovenia-Croatia

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Out of 228 project proposals submitted 39 were approved, among them a project in which the Croatian Conservation Institute is taking part. The project led by the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia is aimed at revitalizing the historical Claustra Alpium Iuliarum Roman limes in the territories of Croatia and Slovenia and is due to last 15 months. The signing of the contract is scheduled for March 2014 and the complete value of the project amounts to 604.200 €.

Selected Topics

Portal 7/2016

The seventh issue of the journal Portal, the yearly scientific and professional journal of the Croatian Conservation Institute, presents nineteen research and professional papers on various topics in the field of cultural heritage protection. Along with papers, Portal also provides an annual overview of all research programmes and conservation works that the Croatian Conservation Institute performed in the year prior to this issue (2015), in the form of catalogue items on the enclosed DVD.

Secrets of Colours. A 15th-Century Handbook on the Preparation of Paints

Segreti per colori [Secrets of colours] is a collection of recipes for the preparation of paints, translated into Croatian for the first time in this Croatian Conservation Institute’s edition. The text, also known as the Bologna Manuscript, is a valuable source of insight into the technology of paint manufacture in the late Middle Ages.

 
Iznik – Ottoman Pottery from the Depths of the Adriatic

The bilingual catalogue was published to accompany the exhibition of the same name held at the Mimara Museum (May 18th – Sep 13th, 2015) and the Ethnographic Museum in Dubrovnik (Jul 15th – Sep 30th, 2016). The exhibition raised much interest among both the general and international professional public, presenting valuable archaeological material from a merchant ship that sank in the late 16th century in the Sveti Pavao shallows, off the island of Mljet.

 
The Renovation of St. James's Cathedral in Šibeniksvjakov_blog

Croatian Conservation Institute began in 2012 with the documenting, investigating and conservation trials on the stone sculpture in the interior of the presbytery and the main apse of St. James’s Cathedral in Šibenik. A major architectural achievement of the 15th and 16th century in Croatia, the Cathedral of Šibenik has won its global recognition in 2000, when it was entered in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Church of St. Mark in Zagreb: architecture, history, conservation

svmarko_mThe collection of six papers on the history of St. Mark’s Church was published to mark the completion of its year-long renovation. Croatian Conservation Institute, which supervised the larger part of the renovation, initiated the monograph, aiming to compile all existing insights into the construction history of the church, which revealed it to be a particularly multi-layered monument.

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