Exhibition ARTE ET MARTE: Knjige o arhitekturi u Zriniani – books on architecture in the Zriniana Collection

Objavljeno 24.1.2012.

The National and University Library in Zagreb invites you to the opening of the exhibition ARTE ET MARTE: Knjige o arhitekturi u Zriniani on Wednesday, 25 January 2012 at 12.00. The exhibition was put on by Jasenka Gudelj, Ph.D., and Dubravka Botica, Ph.D., from the Department of Art History at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb.

Igor Fisković, Fellow of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ivan Kosić, Ph.D., and the authoresses of the exhibition will also present the exhibition catalogue on this occasion.

For the first time the public may have a close view of the tractates on architecture in the Zriniana Collection (Bibliotheca Zriniana) preserved as part of the Manuscripts and Old Books Collection at the National and University Library in Zagreb and containing works from the 17th century personal library belonging to Nikola VII Zrinski and his son Adam as well as the books by the Moravian nobleman Ignác Jankovský z Vlašimi.

Books included in the exhibition give evidence of the great interest that the noblemen in the early modern period had in architecture and architectural heritage and indicate a rather fast flow of information and rapid spread of advanced ideas concerning innovative architectural and artistic solutions in 17th century Europe which were enabled, first and foremost, through the development of printing.

Especially prominent among the materials in this Collection are the military tractates by Italian, German, Dutch and French authors which provided the Zrinski family with insight into the architecture of the most advanced types of fortifications of that time and which they used in building their forts. The materials also include the well-known theoretical tractates on architecture and Roman heritage as well as the guides to the architecture of Rome, which Nikola and Petar Zrinski, and Ignác Jankovský z Vlašimi used when they visited the Eternal City. Especially interesting are the notebooks of Adam Zrinski and Ignác Jankovský z Vlašimi, giving us direct insight into knowledge and skills that they were acquiring during their education and into the way the young noblemen were learning about fortifications, practicing geometry and calculating ballistic coefficients.