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.
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.