Posted by: Valentino Radman | October 7, 2016

Nast Rojc – one of the first Croatian academic female painters


Self portrait in hunter suit, 1912

Nasta Rojc (1883-1964), one of the first academically educated female painters in Croatia, was born in 1883 into a wealthy family. Her father was Croatian politician Milan Rojc, a former Minister of Education. From a young age she didn’t fit the stereotype of a young girl so, after many quarrels with her family, she persuaded them to let her peruse her true calling – painting. She was mentored by the prominent Croatian painter Oton Iveković thanks to whom she became skillful enough to continue educating herself in Vienna (“Kunstschule für Frauen und Mädchen”) and Munich, alongside some of the most exquisite Croatian artists like Miroslav Kraljević and Josip Račić. She was founder, along with Lina Crnčić-Vivant of the Club of female visual artists in Zagreb, 1920. Nasta excelled at portraits and landscapes, but although she was often present in various galleries, her work was frequently overlooked.


Self portrait with Boise, cca 1908.

Here is a video shot at her retrospective in Art Pavilion in Zagreb.


Posted by: Valentino Radman | August 18, 2016

Olympic gold comes to Zadar


Croatia’s Šime Fantela and Igor Marenić today won the men’s 470 olympic gold in Rio. They went into the race with a 10-point lead and were never threatened, with their nearest rivals finishing behind them.


Šime Fantela (born in 1986 in Zadar) is a three-time Olympian in 470 class and has won four medals at the 470 World Championships.  In 2009 in Rungsted, Fantela and fellow Croatian Igor Marenić, claimed gold medal at the 470 World Championships, becoming the first Croatians to win gold medal at the ISAF World Championships.


Posted by: Valentino Radman | August 2, 2016

National park Paklenica, short film

There are four national parks in Zadar’s vicinity: Plitvice Lakes, Kornati, Krka and Paklenica. NP Paklenica is 45 minutes away (I find it funny that Americans for some reason prefer to measure distances in time). Here is short film about the park, shot and edited by my friend Igor Goić.


Posted by: Valentino Radman | April 29, 2016

Zadar in 4K


Cities in 4K is a worldwide project. The idea is to represent as many cities as possible in the newest 4K resolution. The footage is filmed in the popular timelapse photography technique combined with standard 4K scenes to best to represent the cities and the life in it. Zadar was recently voted Best European Destination 2016 so it is fitting that it is the next city featured to further show tourists in high quality what they can expect. Check out the breathtaking video of Zadar, filmed by Amir Kulaglić using the latest technology.


Posted by: Valentino Radman | February 11, 2016

Zadar – Best European Destination 2016


Twenty selected cities competed for the prestigious title of Best European Destination 2016. After a three weeks’ period of online voting, my city – Zadar is elected as the best and won this prestigious title.

Zadar is a city of exceptional history and rich cultural heritage. It is actually a city monument, surrounded by historical ramparts, a treasury of the archaeological and monumental riches of ancient and medieval times, Renaissance as well as many contemporary architectural achievements such as the first Sea Organ in the world.

Posted by: Valentino Radman | February 9, 2016

Hvar – Into the Storm video


Hvar is the sunniest Croatian island, clocking in the average 2726 hours of sun yearly, drawing in thousands of tourists, sailboats and yachts, but it also has a darker side which is just as stunning. The creative duo Mario Romulić and Dražen Stojčić spent 2 years filming the skies around the famed island and their final cut was released a couple of days ago.

During the two-year period, Romulić and Stojčić were lucky enough to capture some spectacular thunderstorms in slow motion and time lapse techniques. They shot over 350,000 thousand photographs, picking “only” 10,000 best frames for this film. The filming took place on the island Hvar itself, but also from mountain Biokovo and nearby island Brač.

You can view this spectacular video here.

Posted by: Valentino Radman | December 4, 2015

An exhibition of Andrea Schiavone in Venice

The Marriage of Cupid and Psyche, by Andrea Schiavone

The Marriage of Cupid and Psyche, by Andrea Schiavone.jpg

The Correr Museum in Venice is mounting an exhibition of the art of Andrea Meldolla (Medulić), better known as Schiavone (a Venetian term at the time for the person coming from Croatia). He was born in my city – Zadar, Croatia circa 1510-15 and trained either here or in Venice. Schiavone had established himself by 1540 and introduced Mannerist modes and motifs into Venetian circles. His painting divided Venetian public opinion of the period for his evident nonconformity.

A fine draughtsman and prolific etcher, he was appreciated by Giorgio Vasari, who in 1540 commissioned a Battle between Charles V and Barbarossa from him, subsequently given to Ottaviano de’ Medici. In his book Lives of the Most Eminent Painters Sculptors & Architects, Vasari declared that in Schiavone, he saw the embodiment of a “certain manner that is used in Venice, that is dashed off, or rather, sketched, without being in any respect finished”. Now, Venice celebrates the artist in the first retrospective to be ever dedicated to him, examining Schiavone’s production thanks to many international loans and the latest critical studies, together with his relationship with other famous Venetian artists of the time.

Schiavone’s work was solitary, non-academic and in some ways rebellious; an evident feature is his role as precursor in the definition of a new synthetic style, with a sometimes almost “informal” touch, that  influenced even Titian and Tintoretto.


Posted by: Valentino Radman | October 24, 2015

Europe’s oldest cities

Zadar, Croatia is one of the oldest cities in Europe, continuously inhabited for 3000 years. As such, it is recognized by History of Europe Encyclopedia.


Posted by: Valentino Radman | October 22, 2015

Landing at Zadar International airport

In this short video you can see how the approach (with nice view of the islands) and landing at Zadar Intl airport look like from the cockpit. Since I live in Zadar, I’ve seen it many times from the passenger seat, but this is the pilot’s view. Very interesting.

Posted by: Valentino Radman | July 15, 2015

Juraj Klović’s illumination sold at Bonham’s for £37,500

Julije Klović - page from The Virgin Annunciate copy

A page from an illuminated manuscript showing The Virgin Annunciate by the renowned 16th century Croatian artist Juraj Klović (known in Italian as Giulio Clovio) was sold at Bonhams Old Master Paintings sale in London on 8 July. It was estimated at £15,000-20,000 but ultimately fetched £37,500.

The unframed page is 14 x 11.5 cm in size and shows the Virgin surrounded by a decorative border containing niches with statues of Moses and King Solomon, playful cherubs and decorative cartouches with trompe l’oeil insects.

Juraj Klović was born in Grižane, Croatia, in 1478. By 1516 he was in Venice painting his first miniatures after Albrecht Dürer under the name of Giulio Clovio. Thence he traveled to Perugia, where he produced between 1534 and 1538 what is now known as the Stuart de Rothesay Book of Hours, and then to Rome. In 1539 he entered the service of Alessandro Farnese for whom he created his masterpiece, the Farnese Book of Hours, on which he worked from 1537-46. The work in the sale is likely to have been produced towards the end of this period. By this time Klović had established himself as a member of that elite of the High Renaissance whose members achieved widespread acclaim during their own lifetimes: Giorgio Vasari was to refer to the miniaturist as the new and little Michelangelo. El Greco painted two portraits of Klović.

640px-Julije_Klovic_2                                                                       El Greco’s portrait of Julije Klović

Bonham’s Director of Old Master Painting Andrew McKenzie said, “Klović, blended the Classicism of Raphael with Michelangelo’s mannerism. He possessed one of the most inventive minds of his age and never repeated himself; every motif and decoration was fresh in some way.”

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