Polyptych of St. Martin

Polyptych dedicated to St. Martin for the cathedral of St. Anastasia in Zadar is the work of Vittore Carpaccio, a master painter of the Italian Renaissance, from the 15th century

Island of Mljet, shipwreck with Iznik pottery

The ship of Venetian origin was discovered in 2006 in the Shallows of St. Paul off the coast of Mljet. Ottoman pottery from the town of Iznik is part of the outstanding archaeological finds from the site.

Tapestry «July-August» from the Zagreb Archdiocese

Extremely valuable cycle of six tapestries "Months in the Year" from 1710 was the gift from the Empress Maria Theresa to Franjo Thauszy, Bishop of Zagreb

Polyptych of St. Bernardino of Siena

Polyptych of St. Bernardino of Sienna from the church of St. Bernardino in Kampor is the work of brothers Antonio and Bartolomeo Vivarini from 1458

St. Nicholas Fortress in Šibenik

In 2017, St. Nicholas Fortress in Šibenik was added to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site list

'Portal' Journal


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.

Happy holidays and a prosperous new year from the staff of the Croatian Conservation Institute and Tajana Pleše, Director

Selected Topics

Charter of the Republic of Croatia Presented to Directorate for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture, the Croatian Conservation Institute and the Rental Workshop of National Costumes

The President of the Republic Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović presented the Charter of the Republic of Croatia to restorers and conservators as an expression of recognition and gratitude for their work and their contribution to the development and progress of the Republic of Croatia.

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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