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Author: Damir Demonja

Publishers:The Archaeological Museum of Istria in Pula, The Institute for Development and International Relations in Zagreb and the Meridijani Publishing House in Samobor

Year: 2021

Corpus ecclesiarum Franciscanarum: A Catalogue of Franciscan Churches on the Croatian Seaboard up to the End of the Sixteenth Century is a quality overview of the segment of Croatian medieval architectural heritage which was realized for the first time in such a complete way, by cataloging each building, a total of 35. By analyzing each individual monument and the elements of its architectural articulation, each building is valorized in all the essential elements of its appearance. The monograph is a valuable and so far unpublished and systematized corpus of architecture of Franciscan churches on the Croatian part of the eastern Adriatic seaboard until the end of the 16th century. “This is an original work that represents an important contribution to the development of art history, in which, in one place, I cataloged the sacral Franciscan architecture of the Croatian part of the eastern Adriatic seaboard built by the end of the 16th century. This segmented work enables the perception of that architecture in a broader geographical context, so its reach is even more important”, said the author, Damir Demonja, Ph.D. The concept presented in the monograph is accompanied, in addition to careful descriptions, by quality supplements consisting of: 1 map, 2 tables, 45 architectural drawings and 175 black and white photographs. „By cataloging all monuments in this way, they are placed in a system of typological patterns that depict individual models, but also the conditions that influenced the acceptance of some existing templates, innovations, and limitations arising from specific situations of provincial communities. Systematic quality and transparency of this book makes it easy to navigate the complex Franciscan architectural heritage on the Croatian Adriatic seaboard“, continued Demonja. The value of the monograph is evident, in addition to the typological systematization, in the discussion presented at the end, and is a kind of review instead of a conclusion and provides a comparative analysis in relation to the origins of specific architectural design.

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