Lecture by Daniel Premerl (Institute of Art History, Zagreb): How the Czech Saint became the Croatian Saint – Saint Ivan the Hermit’s Croatian Iconography

Lecture by Daniel Premerl (Institute of Art History, Zagreb): How the Czech Saint became the Croatian Saint – Saint Ivan the Hermit’s Croatian Iconography

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
More info http://www.udu.cas.cz

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.