Scientific look at the relationships between art and history

September 23, 2021 – The Dubrovnik-Bulgaria connection stretches for centuries. A lecture by Ivo Pilar Social Research Scientist Vinicije Lupis reveals some interesting details about their shared art and history.

Connections between Dubrovnik and Bulgaria go back to the 13th century. These connections existed not only in a general, political sense, but also in terms of art and cultural exchange, as Georgius Bulgarus, a Bulgarian blacksmith who stayed in the city in 1218, discovered.

That fun fact is the opening of an invitation from the Ivo Pilar Social Research Institute to set your schedule on September 23rd for a talk on the connection between Dubrovnik and Bulgaria by Vinicije B Lupis. The event will start at 7:00 p.m. at the location of the Institute of Social Research Ivo Pilar in Dubrovnik at the address: Od Kaštela 11.

Vinicije B. Lupis graduated in history and archeology in 1992 and in art history and theory in 1995, both times from the University of Zadar. Along with his MA on Stons Liturgical Silver (1998) and his Ph.D. On the subject of skull relics in the reliquary of the Dubrovnik Cathedral (2004), Lupis began his professional career as a conservatory archaeologist in Split in 1992 and then moved to the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments in Dubrovnik.

“Lupis has been working for the Institute for Social Research Ivo Pilar since 2007 and has been the head of the institute in Dubrovnik since 2008. He has published hundreds of academic papers and several books on the subject of sacred heritage, the art history of Dubrovnik and Boka Kotorska (Montenegro). He is the editor of several magazines and almanacs, and as an external contributor to Croatian Radio Television (HRT), he contributed to a documentary series on the history and legacy of Dubrovnik, ”says the Ivo Pilar Social Research Institute website.

Since the lecture will be given in Croatian and therefore not very accessible to non-native speakers, it is worth mentioning some of the key interesting facts about Dubrovnik and Bulgaria that will be the subject of Lupis’ lecture.

Lupis analyzes the Renaissance painting of the Lady with Christ from the Armenian Church of St. Kevork in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He dates the picture to the beginning of the 16th century and linked it to the Dubrovnik circle of painters (which is also interesting since this painting is the first Renaissance painting in all of Bulgaria). In the same church there is also the Engolpion (a medallion with an icon in the middle, which is worn around the neck by Orthodox and Eastern Catholic bishops), which is close to the Dubrovnik production style of the time. This is just one example of Dubrovnik’s influence on Bulgarian artistic heritage.

” The (Bulgarian) National Gallery in Sofia shows works by Croatian painters from the Dubrovnik area such as Vlaho Bukovac and Mato Celestin Medović. For Bulgarian painters like Bencho Yordanov Obreshkov and Mario Zhekov, Dubrovnik is particularly important as a place of inspiration. Zhekov, the most important Bulgarian marinist, painted a number of landscapes in Dubrovnik, ”explains the Institute for Social Research Ivo Pilar.

This should come as no surprise as the city of Dubrovnik has had relationships with various kingdoms and states throughout its history. As can be seen from the online edition of the Croatian Encyclopedia, this includes Croatia, the Venetians, the Normans and many others. Dubrovnik also became an independent republic, and history remembers the state for its great diplomacy (which is still valued by Croatian diplomats today) and for the abolition of slavery as early as 1416.

As TCN wrote earlier, the Ivo Pilar Social Research Institute scientists also made excellent connections with the Slovak scientific community and explored the history of the relationship between the two countries. Since then, it has also expanded its connections in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Montenegro in relation to the ethnic Croats of Boka Kotorska.

Find out more about Croatian art galleries in Zagreb, Dalmatia, Istria and Slavonia on our TC page.

For more about the history in Croatia follow the dedicated page.

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