Matija Divković and the visual culture of the Franciscans of Bosna Srebrena around 1600 Cover Image

Matija Divković i likovna kultura franjevaca Bosne Srebrene oko 1600.
Matija Divković and the visual culture of the Franciscans of Bosna Srebrena around 1600

Author(s): Sanja Cvetnić
Subject(s): Cultural history, Visual Arts, Croatian Literature, 17th Century
Published by: Franjevačka teologija Sarajevo
Keywords: Pietro Maria Bertano; illustrations in works by fra Matija Divković; confraternity of painters in Venice; artistic heritage of the Franciscans of Bosna Srebrena;
Summary/Abstract: Matija Divković and his publisher, Pietro Maria Bertano, ornated the publications of the large Christian Study and One-hundred Miracles (1611), his Sermons and the small Christian Study (1616) with prints (Bertano’s study was situated near the Venetian church “Saint Maria Formosa”). Among the selected illustrations, the iconography of the Resurrection dominates, but there are also scenes of Annunciation, Baptism, Transfiguration, Descent of the Holy Spirit,Crucifixion, and Christ Preaching to the Apostles. The iconography of scenes in Divković’s books is not particularly marked by the post-tridentine spirit,but it shows quotations from the paintings from the most celebrated period of Venetian painting, Cinquecento (16th century). Along with the quotations,the prints in Divković’s books are connected to this school and its tradition.It is worth noting that around 1600 a wealthy merchant from Bosna Srebrena commissioned for his native village an altar painting from Baldassare d’Anna,a painter inscribed to the confraternity of painters (Fraglia pittorica) in Venice.Therefore, at the end of the 16th century. and in the first decades of the 17th century, it is possible to connect the visual culture of the Franciscans of Bosna Srebrena to artistic trends in Venice, without which Franciscan artistic heritage cannot be understood.

  • Page Range: 73-87
  • Page Count: 15
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Language: Croatian