This volume is the first scholarly study in the English language of Croatia's extraordinary artistic heritage. Leading specialists analyse the key cultural developments in this small country's history, from the extensive Roman remains on the Adriatic coast, through the gothic splendour of the Dalmatian cities in the Middle Ages and intensive artistic exchange with Italy during the Renaissance, to the grand houses and art collections of continental Croatia.
The essays address iconic monuments like Diocletian's palace at Split and the walled city of Dubrovnik alongside more unfamiliar treasures, some never published before. This books sets Croatia's cultural past in context, reflecting the country's unique history at the crossroads between Italy, Central Europe and the Mediterranean.
With contributions by leading British, American and Croatian writers and scholars, including John Julius Norwich, Timothy Clifford, Marcus Binney, Brian Sewell and Sheila McNally this book presents for the first time a portrait of the culture of this captivating and too little known country.
Marcus Binney's tour around old castles is quirky but rewarding while Brian Sewell demolishes the artistic credibility of the founder of Zagreb's newest museum with characteristic aplomb. From paintings to architecture, Croatia's well-illustrated riches in opinionated English. Sunday Telegraph As a general introduction, 'Croatia' could not be bettered. Historic Gardens Review Recommended reading. Art Quarterly A serious and major effort to redress the ignorance of Croatia's culture in the English speaking world... It is beautifully illustrated and is a must for those who wish to show their friend the rich cultural heritage of Croatia - and its contribution to that of Europe. New Generation
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 19th November 2009
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Dimensions (cm): 28.5 x 25.0 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 1.48
Edition Number: 1