The eighth issue of the Portal journal, annual scientific and professional publication of the Croatian Conservation Institute, features eleven papers presenting topics in cultural heritage protection. Seven of those are original scientific papers, and four are review articles. Ten are published in Croatian and one is in English. Attached to the articles is a CD containing the catalogue of the Institute’s conservation works in 2016, with 248 items listed.
The book’s author, Dr. Zoraida Demori Staničić provides a first systematic analysis of a body of icons that originated in Dalmatia from the 13th to 19th century, interpreting their role in the region’s religious and cultural life. These holy pictures, celebrated with a “high degree of veneration”, served as material strongholds for both personal and public devotions over the long centuries of the Middle Ages. As the most precious symbols of every community, icons became even more prominent during the Catholic Reformation, after the Council of Trent.
The book that accompanies the eponymous exhibition, on view at the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, presents the result of interdisciplinary research of the church of St. Nicholas the Bishop in Žumberak that the Croatian Conservation Institute conducted in the period from 2004 to 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.