Posted by: Valentino Radman | February 11, 2016

Zadar – Best European Destination 2016

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.”

Posted by: Valentino Radman | June 18, 2015

“Croatia from above” photo project

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“Croatia from above” is the biggest Croatian photo project ever undertaken. Photographer Davor Rostuhar spent seven years taking photos of Croatia’s natural and cultural beauty, using aeroplanes, helicopters and drones.
Result of the project is 200 unique photos that reveal attractions from a new angle, in a new light. All 200 photos can be seen in best selling photo-monograph: “National Geographic – Croatia from above”. 60 photos are presented in a traveling outdoor exhibition powered by solar energy that was seen by half a million people in 11 towns in the first year.
Author’s choice of 50 “best of” photos can be seen HERE.
Find out more about the project (and order a book) at:
http://www.croatiafromabove.com
all photos © Davor Rostuhar

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Posted by: Valentino Radman | April 23, 2015

Several recent works

It’s been a while since I posted some of my works here (a year actually, now that I think about it)…so it’s due time to upload – say, a couple of drawings I’ve done lately.

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Posted by: Valentino Radman | March 17, 2015

“Your Life is Full of Croatia” video

Here’s new promotional video for Croatia. Since this small country has given outstanding persons and ingenious inventions to the big world, people at TouristarTV decided to make a promotional video that shows some of those. Of course, they did not even try to mention all important Croats throughout the history – this is just a 1:50 min promo video – but the sheer significance of the people and inventions included in this video are more than enough to remember that our lives are full of Croatia, indeed.

Posted by: Valentino Radman | November 11, 2014

Feel ZADAR, 2014

Zadar, Croatia

Zadar Tourist Board has published new promotional video today titled “Feel ZADAR, 2014”. This four minute film highlights cultural landmarks, both historical and modern, of the beautiful Croatian coastal town I live in.

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