|Place||Prague, Institute of Art History Academy of Sciences, Husova 4, CZECH REPUBLIC|
|Organizer||Ústav dějin umění, Akademie věd ČR / Institute of Art History Academy of Scienc|
Lecture date: 11 March 2015
In the early 17th century the Czech mediaeval saint Ivan the Hermit was included in influential Croatian history narratives, as Croatian historians of that time learned that Ivan had been, according to his Czech hagiography a the son of the King of Croatia. Moreover, the newly discovered Croatian saintly prince subsequently appeared in several iconographic programmes that aimed at Croatian protonational state representation, commissioned by high-ranking members of clergy of Zagreb bishopric. As it happened, the climax of St Ivan’s short-lived Croatian iconographic life occured in Italy a in the 1700 ceiling painting at the Illyrian-Hungarian College in Bologna. The lecture will give a survey of St Ivan’s newly acquired role and meaning in the 17th and 18th visual arts commissioned by Croatian patrons.