Lecture | Ivana Mance: Ivan Kukuljević Sakcinski’s "Slovnik umjetnikah jugoslavenskih" (1858): The First Lexicon of Croatian and Slovenian Art
Together with the Department of Art History of the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana we cordially invite you to attend a lecture by art historian Ivana Mance that is part of the seminar Art for Collective Use: Art Exhibiting in Slovenia, from the Early 19th Century to Today. The lecture will be held in English.
Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 1 pm, Faculty of Arts (room 343), Aškerčeva 2, Ljubljana
Ivan Kukuljević Sakcinski’s Slovnik umjetnikah jugoslavenskih (1858): The First Lexicon of Croatian and Slovenian Art
Ivan Kukuljević Sakcinski (1816 – 1889), Croatian politician and man of letters, might as well be considered the founder of modern research into art history in the context of the South Slavic nations within the Habsburg Monarchy. Driven by the deep belief that art and culture function as a crucial means in the establishment of national identity, Kukuljević gathered data about South Slavic artists and monuments, which he finally published in the form of Künstlerlexikon – Slovnik umjetnikah jugoslavenskih (1858), the first publication of this kind among the South Slavs. Although Kukuljević’s scientific method coincided with his essential ideological goal, i.e. the establishment of national artistic heritage, the value of his pursuit remains immense – especially in the context of Croatian and Slovenian art history, as this heritage comprises the majority of Slovnik’s catalogue. Most of the names that Kukuljević had found, researched, and included in his lexicon on the basis of the whole range of sources are still objects of interest in art history, including those considered in the context of the Slovenian art history (for example, the names taken from Dolničar’s chronicle of the Ljubljana Cathedral, authors from Valvasor’s and Erberg’s collections, up to his older or younger contemporaries – Matej Brodnik, Matevž Langus, Terezija Lipić-Köstl, Amalija Oblak Hermann von Hermannsthal, Filip Fröhlich, and many others.)
Ivana Mance is a research associate at the Institute of Art History in Zagreb, Department of informational, communicational and theoretical aspects of art history. Her PhD thesis was entitled "Ivan Kukuljević Sakcinski: Art History and Politics in the 2nd Half of 19. Century Croatia". She researches the history of Croatian art history, Croatian art institutions and culture associations, and other topics on the art of the 19th and 20th centuries. She is also active as an art critic.
Organized by: Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory; Department of Art History, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana