Architectural Culture of the Early Modern Eastern Adriatic


Between the 15th and 18th century the Eastern Adriatic, partitioned between Venetian and Dubrovnik Republics, the Kingdom of Hungary-Croatia and Habsburg and Ottoman Empires, was politically transformed into a vast archipelago, including mainland coastal towns divided from the hinterland. This process triggered the formation of a fluctuating and floating architectural market functioning within a multilingual and multiconfessional context.

The aim of the AdriArchCult project is an overall study of the architectural culture of the region, examining its political, religious, cognitive and practical sphere, and thus overcoming the divisions of historiographies in different languages and traditional approaches based on the national or center/periphery paradigm. The result will be an innovative and dynamic vision of the architectural production of a region that connects the various faces of European culture.

Main research domains

1) Territorialization

The political presence on the territory is analyzed using the most common medium for dividing the space and creating boundaries: architectural production. The research of the specific symbolic values and functional needs of different buildings will contribute to the understanding of architecture as the strategy of the political presence.
The research will analyze the material presence of the buildings and the processes of negotiation between the local communities and the different ruling powers in order to define the strategies of differentiation applied by these powers.

2) Religious sphere

The dynamic multi-confessional sphere was comprised of an existing dialogue with Orthodox Christians and the Jews, new everyday contact with Islam through the presence of the Ottomans, and the echoes of the Reformation. This religious diversity triggered oscillations between coexistence and conflict.
The Catholic revival and confessionalization of the powers generated intense building activities.The main focus is to understand how the cohabitation of different powers and their interests, supported by the Counter-reformation, and the different religious needs of commissioners, resulted in complex architectural outcomes.

3) Peripatetic of knowledge on architecture

The intellectual sphere of architecture in the Eastern Adriatic archipelago was shaped by Europe-wide processes, in which it actively participated. Supported by the pan-European revival of antiquity, the architectural production in the area was also largely shaped by intense intellectual activities. The circulation of knowledge for both patrons and artists depended on the mobility of ideas, expressed visually and verbally.
Therefore, the role of the printed book market in molding the dialogue between professionals and patrons in the multilingual reality of the Adriatic rim will be explored.

Venice, Italy.
Zadar, Croatia.

4) Architectural practice

The construction sites along the Eastern Adriatic Coast represented a wide network of a shared specialized workforce, materials, practices and technology, as well as construction site organization, within which a balanced market for architectural goods was formed.
The main objective is to reveal and define the agents of the exchange and commerce, together with a system of exploitation of goods, in order to understand the internal mechanisms of the architectural production in the Eastern Adriatic.


The project activities comprise:

  • Events - ERC dissemination and communication meetings organised in Venice at Ca' Foscari premises with the presence of international experts as speakers  
  • Workshops and seminars - research meetings of the ERC members and external experts
  • Colloquia - periodic deep research discussions of the ERC members
  • On-site seminars - research visits of the ERC members to the architectures in Venice  
  • Conferences - participation of the ERC members in congresses and conferences to disseminate the ERC research results
  • Field research - prolonged research visits to study sites in the Eastern Adriatic (Croatia and Italy) 


At the end of the sixteenth century, Roman construction practices reached the peak of a centuries-old process of technical-operational improvement, which had remained unsurpassed for a long time. Founded on the strategic coordination of qualified workers, this practice made use of very effective methods of procurement and transport of materials, as well as of scaffolding and work machines that allowed the successful contraction of the financial commitment and the direct transfer of a precious operational knowledge in a long course. The Fabbrica di San Pietro in Vaticano, the first workshop of the art of building in Rome, put in place a capillary work of assistance to other construction sites, public and private, reflected both in the supply of materials and equipment, and in the decisive contribution of its highly qualified workers. The Fabbrica embodied an undisputed authority for a long period and controlled all major building interventions conducted up to the unification of Italy, in the city of Rome and in the entire Papal State.

file pdf The Building History of Early Modern Rome
Nicoletta Marconi - Tor Vergata University of Rome
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The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Koper is almost entirely the work of Giorgio Massari (1687-1766), the leading Venetian architect of the mid-18th century. Already at the time of bishop Paolo Naldini (1632-1713) the idea of renewing the Romanesque basilica began to be considered: the first project for the new presbytery was commissioned in 1690, but the construction began only in 1720. Massari enters the construction site in 1738 with the project for the church aisles. The seminar will present the various questions related to the construction process and the organization of the site during the period between 1690 and 1749, underlining its significance for the development of the other Istrian and Friulian construction sites of the period.

file pdf The Building History of Koper cathedral
Helena Seražin - France Stele Institute of Art History ZRC SAZU, Ljubljana
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The International Network Daniele Barbaro: In and Beyond the Text (2010-16) put this protagonist of the cultural life of 16th-century Venice under the lens of his writings, and adopting a cross-disciplinary approach provided a reassessment of his figure in the context of the European Renaissance. Thinking 3D (2015-20) was centred on the developments of the techniques used to communicate 3-dimensional forms in 2-dimensional media, focussing in particular on earlymodern printed books. Both projects were based on collaborative research and resulted in exhibitions, public talks, and academic symposia.

file pdf Daniele Barbaro: In and Beyond the Text and Thinking 3D Projects
Laura Moretti – University of St Andrews
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The practice of a leading architect such as Antonio da Sangallo the Younger (1484-1546) was grounded upon a great share of pragmatism, an attitude which affected also the avid study of at least four annotated editions of Vitruvius’s De Architectura. The seminar deals with the way Antonio reads and interprets (or misinterprets) the Latin text especially in those parts related to the descriptions of monuments that he could compare with the visible ruins, often offering different solutions. The discrepancy between the text and the artefact led him to find solutions to be used in his design process.

file pdf Antonio da Sangallo the Younger’s Annotated Architectural Books
Francesco Benelli – Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna
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  • 9 April 2021 - The ERC EMoBookTrade Project, Angela Nuovo – University of Milan
  • 16 April 2021 - Antonio da Sangallo the Younger’s Annotated Architectural Books, Francesco Benelli – University of Bologna
  • 30 April 2021 - Daniele Barbaro: In and Beyond the Text and Thinking 3D Projects, Laura Moretti – University of St. Andrews
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For the first seminar of the series "Architecture and the Early Modern Books", three members of the ERC project EMoBookTrade (PI Angela Nuovo, Università di Milano, 2016-2021) presented the outcomes of their research. The project aims to look for new ways to assess the impact of printed books on society, or the effect of the so-called Printing Revolution, investigating the early modern book trade in different aspects. Andrea Ottone showed the database of the Early Modern Book Prices and explained the translation of sales catalogues or book inventories into digital sources. Renaud Milazzo pointed out how prices are a game-changing factor in the book trade, with a focus on the place of architectural books in the early modern market. Erika Squassina dealt with the legal frame of the book trade and illustrated the database of Early Modern Book Privileges in Venice. The passionate debate that followed focused mainly on the common ground of the two ERC projects, i.e. architectural books and their role in the early modern society.

file pdf The ERC EMoBookTrade Project
Angela Nuovo – University of Milan. With the collaboration of Andrea Ottone and Erika Squassina – University of Milan.
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The second ERC AdriArchCult project workshop has gathered several experts in a discussion on the presence of the national narratives in the historiography. Jasenka Gudelj, Marta Nezzo and Sarah Lynch have presented three case studies as introduction to the discussion, which followed by the lively engagement of the numerous participants. The common line to all three presentations was related to the mechanisms of interpretation of the artistic and architectural production in a nationalistic perspective. They reflected upon the past and present scholarship in which the cultural production was used to reinforce a national narrative, or it was interpreted as the expression of a national identity.

The workshop also provided the guidelines for a more conscious theoretical and methodological approach to the uses and abuses of the national narratives in the art-historical and architectural scholarship. This was extremely important considering that, as emerged clearly from papers and discussion, nationalism has been deeply rooted into art and architectural history since the very beginning. Finally, workshop ended debating how even two seminal narratives of the discipline, such as Vasari and the late nineteenth century German scholarship, were strongly influenced by a nationalistic perspective.

The team pursued the training on the historiography listening the most recent trends in Venetian architectural history directly from its protagonists. In this workshop Martina Frank, Elena Svalduz, Fulvio Lenzo, and Gianmario Guidarelli spoke about their own research fields while, in the second instance, debated those research projects and study groups that are cutting the edge.

From the lively and passionate dialogue, moderated by Jasenka Gudelj, many fruitful suggestions emerged on how originally investigate Venetian architecture: the multiple perspective, from different points of view and disciplines; the analysis at different scales, from urban transformations to altar design; the comparative study, combining Venice’s specificities with transversal issues; the topic of mobility, considering Venice as a place of transit and confrontation for people and ideas.

The team presented the project to the staff of the Ca’ Foscari International Research Office.
Jasenka Gudelj presented the general description of the project – its goals, phases, and outcomes – whereas Post-Docs and PhD Students held three-minute presentations on their research involvement within the AdriArchCult project.

Workshops and seminars

In a new meeting the team continued exploring the scholarship and debating the historiographical problems on the early modern Eastern Adriatic literature, art, and architecture. With the format ‘Adopt a historian’, where each member analysed the works by a different scholar, the team is able to discuss the scholarship in a comparative perspective. In this round, Phd students and Postdocs devoted their attention to Petar Kolendić, Igor Fisković, Emil Hilje, Ivan Matejčić, and Joško Belamarić, with short presentations followed by arguments by senior members.

Under the guidance of the project PI, Jasenka Gudelj, the PhD students and postdocs have continued exploring the relevant scholarship and the historiography related to the project's theme – the architectural production on the Eastern Adriatic Coast. Adopting a comparative approach, the team has discussed the works by Radmila Matejčić, Ana Deanović, Kruno Prijatelj, Nada Grujić, and Vladimir Marković.  Laris Borić, the external member of a team from the University of Zadar, has joined the meeting and contributed to the discussion with his expertise.

The team continued the activities with the seminar on the most relevant Italian and Croatian scholarship.
This week’s historiography seminar was dedicated to the scholars focused on the history of Venetian architecture.
Among the selected readings were Manfredo Tafuri, Ennio Concina, Elena Bassi, Egle Renata Trincanato, and Lionello Puppi.
Prof. Marina Frank has joined the meeting and contributed the fruitful discussion with her knowledge, reflecting upon the ongoing research problems related to Venetian architecture.

The team had a pleasure to welcome Valentina Sapienza who presented the project Garzoni: "Apprenticeship, Work, Society in Early Modern Venice (16th-18th centuries)".
The details on the project are available on the website

The research team, the post-docs and PhD students have engaged into the comprehensive discussion on the approaches of the national historiographies, Croatian and Italian one.
The biographies, bibliographies, the research interests and the methodological approaches of the following historians were presented and discussed: Giuseppe Praga, Alessandro Dudan, Cvito Fisković, Radovan Ivančević, and Giuseppe Maria Pilo.

The project PI, Jasenka Gudelj, opened a series of the historiography seminars with the reflections on the 20th century scholarship dealing with the architectural and artistic production in the Eastern Adriatic Coast, underlining the general problems which will be tackled during the duration of the project.

The team members have discussed the historiographical and the methodological approaches of “centre-periphery” concept based on the readings by Ljubo Karaman "Problemi periferijske umjetnosti" (The problems of peripheral art) and those by Enrico Castelnuovo and Carlo Ginzburg "Centro e periferia nella storia dell'arte italiana".


The post-doc fellow, Cristiano Guarneri, presented the progress report of his research project “The circulation of the architectural knowledge in the early modern Eastern Adriatic”, showing the preliminary results and discussing his conclusions with the project team.

The post-doc fellow, Ines Ivić, presented the progress report on her research topic “The architectural practices in the early modern Eastern Adriatic” focusing on the methodological approach and the digital tools developed for the research analysis.

The PhD students, Karla Papeš, Giuseppe Andolina, Beatrice Tanzi, and Daniele Pelosi have presented the present state of their PhD research.

The last research seminar of 2020 was dedicated to the short presentations of the progress of each of the team member, followed with the general outline of the forthcoming research activities.

Daniele Pelosi held online presentation on his research "Styles, models and iconographies through Rome and the Adriatic. Identity and contexts in the patronage of the «Cardinale di Senigallia» Marco Vigerio (1505-1516)".
Valentina Sapienza, Daniele Pelosi’s supervisor joined the meeting.
The discussion followed.

Giuseppe Andolina held online presentation on his research "Early Modern Territoriality and Venetiatization: urban changes and public buildings in the Eastern Adriatic. Architettura pubblica in Istria e Dalmazia del XV secolo".
Laris Borić (University of Zadar), the senior member of research team, joined the online meeting and participated in the discussion on the subject.
The discussion followed the presentation.

Beatrice Tanzi held online presentation on her research "La visita apostolica di Agostino Valier (1579-1583). Una ricerca sulle emergenze architettoniche e artistiche n Dalmazia e in Istria dopo il Concilio di Trento".
Ana Marinković (University of Zagreb) and Elvis Orbanić (Institute for Historical and Social Sciences of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Rijeka - Regional Unit in Pula) the senior members of research team joined the online meeting and shared their expertise on the subject.
The discussion followed the presentation.

Karla Papeš held online presentation on her research "Military architecture between theory and practice in the Early Modern eastern Adriatic".
The presentation was followed by a discussion.

Ines Ivić held online presentation of her research outline on the topic "Libro della Fabbrica" as a source for the history of construction and architecture in the Eastern Adriatic Coast, while Cristiano Guarneri presented his research topic "Circolazione del sapere architettonico lungo la costa orientale dell’Adriatico nella prima età moderna", followed by a discussion.

Participants: Jasenka Gudelj, Silvia Bellacicco, Giuseppe Andolina, Cristiano Guarneri, Ines Ivić, Karla Papeš, Beatrice Tanzi

On October 6th 2020, the AdriArchCult ERC-CoG n. 865863 research team had its first official meeting in the Aula Biral, Malcanton Marcorà campus. The principal investigator, prof. Jasenka Gudelj presented the project’s general description, the timeline of the research activities, and the short-term and the long-term goals of the five-year project, while the project’s coordinator Silvia Bellacicco reflected upon its administrative framework. The meeting was an excellent opportunity for the researchers participating in the project to introduce themselves to their peers, giving a short presentation of their own research interests and the themes they will explore during the next few years. The three PhD students, Karla Papeš, Giuseppe Andolina and Beatrice Tanzi, shortly presented their dissertation topics. Ines Ivić and Cristiano Guarneri, post-doc researchers, talked about their research on disseminating the architectural knowledge in the Eastern Adriatic Coast that they will be conducting within the general frame of the project.

On-site seminars

Participants: prof. Jasenka Gudelj, Giuseppe Andolina, Cristiano Guarneri, Ines Ivić, Karla Papeš, Beatrice Tanzi

This week's research visit concerned the Rialto area, the central Venetian market since the 11th century, where present-day buildings were mainly rebuilt after the great fires of 1505 and 1514. The first stop was the church of San Giacomo di Rialto, which, according to the legend, was founded in 421, the same year that the city of Venice was supposedly founded. The present-day architectural and urban configuration has its roots in the construction phase of 1071. Besides the church's symbolic value as the memory of the city's foundation, its architectural value lies in the fact that it was the only structure in the area that survived the great fire of 1514. Regardless of it, the Venetian Senate rebuilt the church at the very beginning of the 17th century. The church's architectural design was the subject of our on-site discussion. A simple Greek-cross plan with the central dome supported by freestanding columns became the prototype for parish churches in Venice. One of them was the church of San Giovanni Elemosinario, which we visited as one of the comparative examples of this practice.

A significant part of our on-site discussion was placed upon the square's public buildings, such as the portico, the botteghe, and the office buildings, the so-called Fabbriche Vecchie. To redeem the lost revenue, the Rialto market, as the city's leading economic force and the Republic, had to be rebuilt as quickly as possible. For that reason, in 1515, different architects submitted four projects, including a highly idealized plan – probably inspired by the Vitruvius' description of Greek forum – by the humanist architect from Verona, Fra Giocondo. The chosen project was the one by the local architect Antonio Scarpagnino, who decided to respect the former street plan. Besides the discussion on the urban development of the area and its adaptation to the geographical environment – the Fabbriche Nuove designed by Jacopo Sansovino in 1554 followed the shoreline of the Grand Canal – we have engaged in the analysis of the correlation of the architectural expression with the roles of the public offices that these buildings were housing, especially on the example of the Camerlenghi Palace, the site of the financial magistrate (Camerlenghi), projected by Guglielmo Bergamasco between 1525 and 1528.

However, it is impossible to discuss the Rialto area's importance without mentioning its emblem – the Rialto bridge. For a long time, it was the only fixed crossing over the Grand Canal until the 1850s. The original pontoon bridge was replaced at the end of the 14th century by a permanent wooden structure, which collapsed in 1450 under the weight of the crowds of spectators during the visit of Emperor Frederick III of Austria. Therefore, the bridge was rebuilt, once again in wood, whereas the present stone bridge, built by Antonio da Ponte, dates from the end of the 16th century.

To understand how commerce drove the urban and architectural development of the area, we visited the Fondaco dei Tedeschi, the central meeting point, a warehouse, and a market for the German population and Germanic merchants in Venice. Its reconstruction between 1505 and 1508, in the form of a four-floor building organized around the central courtyard, has conditioned the development and reorganization of the whole urban area on the Grand Canal's northern side.

The last case-study of our visit was the church of the Augustinian Regular Canons – San Salvador – which served as an excellent example for identifying the dialogue between the commissioners and the architects and understanding how they interpreted the Venetian architectural heritage during the early modern period. Giorgio Spavento, a local architect, completed the church in 1534. Adopting the traditional Byzantine centralized plan, with a large central dome and four smaller domes at each corner, and multiplying it in the three joined domed structures, he created the longitudinal nave, which suited better the need of the religious order than a small centralized structure. While the transept emphasized a Latin cross plan, the three apses at the east end reflect the Veneto-Byzantine architectural tradition.

Participants: prof. Jasenka Gudelj, Ines Ivić, Cristiano Guarneri, Beatrice Tanzi, Karla Papeš, Giuseppe Andolina, prof. Michela Agazzi

During the research visit to Murano, Torcello and Burano, we visited the church of Santa Maria and San Donato in Murano, and the churches of Santa Maria Assunta and Santa Fosca in Torcello. The main goal was the on-site discussion and the analysis of the earliest examples of the architectural production and the styles in the Venetian lagoon. The understanding of the function, the political context and the different phases of the construction of mentioned examples is necessary for understanding the development of the architectural practices in the lagoon throughout the middle ages and the early modern period. The architectural plans of these churches imitate or contain the architectural references to the most important Venetian church – San Marco – but also present the imitative model for later, an early modern architectural production which is the focal point of the project.

The seminar, and the fruitful discussion that followed, was led by prof. Michela Agazzi, an expert in the Venetian early medieval sculpture and architecture, who presented the historical and formal origins of the Venetian architecture. By pointing out and describing its models, forms, construction techniques, different phases and stratifications, the research group has questioned the position of these monuments in correlation with other coeval Venetian buildings and monuments, but also of those that were modelled upon them in different historical periods. The main goal of the visit was to distinguish different typological examples of the Venetian architecture, preserved in their early medieval and Romanesque facies.

The on-site activities consisted of the analysis of the typological characteristics found in each of the mentioned monuments, together with the identification of their individual particularities. The church of Santa Maria and Donato in Murano served as an excellent tool for the analysis of the external body of the apse area, of its formal characteristic and the present quotations of the church of San Marco. Furthermore, the attention was given to the correlation of the architecture and sculpture, preserved in the church and its facade, together with the role of the decorative elements found in the church, such as the use of the different shades of stone and the brick, or the use of the mosaics in the flooring of the church.

How to read different phases of construction and the elements that bear the characteristics of different architectural styles? The church of Santa Maria Assunta offered a good example for exploring different methodological approaches, since the main construction phases date to the eleventh and the fifteenth century. Prof. Agazzi especially pointed out the interconnection between the early medieval elements and those dated to later medieval periods. While the main focus was on the architectural features – the structure of the naves, the columns of ancient origin surmounted by elaborate Roman capitals reworked in the Middle Ages, together with the monumental mosaic on the counter façade – many other research questions were tackled on this monument related to the specific historical, chronological and historiographic issues. Furthermore, we have discussed the spatial correlation of the cathedral church with the other religious buildings in the complex, mainly the baptistery and the church of Santa Fosca, an important example of early medieval architecture built on byzantine models and characterized by a circular dome contained on an external lantern. The research trip ended with a visit to the archaeological, medieval and modern collections of the Provincial Museum of Torcello.

[Giuseppe Andolina]

Participants: prof. Jasenka Gudelj, Ines Ivić, Cristiano Guarneri, Beatrice Tanzi, Karla Papeš, Giuseppe Andolina

The first meeting of the on-site seminar ‘Venetian Architecture’ focused on the heart of the Republic of Venice: St. Mark Square. It was a perfect starting point to introduce the history, institutions, and practices of the Venetian Republic, and to have insights into its diplomatic as well as artistic relations, from Byzantium to the Eastern Adriatic. The meeting place was in front of the Porta della Carta. Together with the Arco Foscari and Scala dei Giganti, it formed an extremely significant junction point between the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Church, where the Republic’s ceremonial events – such as the triumphal entrances of new doges – took place. Although the sculptor Bartolomeo Bon proudly carved his name on the architrave of the portal, generations of art historians have detected and debated the participation of Dalmatian masters, based on their characteristic manner of modeling of sculpture. For that reason, it was a good example of a case study in which the group could question the collaboration between the workshops of Dalmatian and Lombard origins widely diffused in Venice, and confront their artistic signatures.

The next steps in this research visit were the Doge’s Palace, observed through its different building phases connected with the Republic’s institutional architecture, and the St. Mark Basilica, the Doge’s church, which reflects the Byzantine origins and claims of Venice more than any other building. Both the monuments brought the material, physical evidence of the long-lasting relation with the East: the Greek marbles and the Egyptian granites on St. Mark, and the extensive use of Istrian stone in the Doge’s Palace.

Finally, the group focused on the emergence of renaissance architecture in the zone, considering the gradual sixteenth-century renovations of the buildings around the Piazza and Piazzetta. Starting from Mauro Codussi’s Clock Tower and the Procuratie Vecchie by Bartolomeo Bon, the group inspected the outstanding series of buildings by Jacopo Sansovino – the Zecca, the Marciana Library, the ‘Loggetta’, and the demolished Church of San Geminiano on the western side – ending with the Procuratie Nuove by Vincenzo Scamozzi. The architectural and constructional endeavor, conducted in less than one century, was unseen in Venice prior to this. Thus, the image and perspective of Serenissima's political, but also symbolic core, was completely transformed.

[Cristiano Guarneri]


The PhD student Karla Papeš presented her research “Art historian Ana Deanović and her contribution to the history of fortification architecture” at the “XVII. Dani Cvita Fiskovića: Women about/in art” in Imotski, Croatia. The conference was organized by the Department of Art History at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The members of the project team presented their research in two panels organized by ERC AdriArchCult at the 6th Congress of Croatian Historians, with the Culture as the main theme. In the panel "Local and universal aspects of architectural culture on the eastern Adriatic coast in the early modern age I", Jasenka Gudelj presented a paper “Architectural culture of contact regions: how to read the architecture of the eastern Adriatic coast “, Laris Borić “The relationship between the universal and the local on the example of the Renaissance resemanticization of an ancient monument”, and Karla Papeš “Between theory and practice - research problems of early modern fortification architecture of the Eastern Adriatic coast”. In the second panel "Local and universal aspects of architectural culture on the eastern Adriatic coast in the early modern age II", papers were delivered by Matko Matija Marušić “Sacri monti and the holy island of Daksa: models and project”, Ines Ivić “Trial and error method? - Adoption of architectural and construction innovations in Dubrovnik on the example of the construction of the church of St. Petilovrijenci (1676)”, and Ana Marinković “"Tuttavia nell'operationi rimango solo": local responses to the orders of the apostolic visitors about the church spaces of the Eastern Adriatic cities”. Elvis Orbanić presented a paper “Ecclesiastical, spiritual and material culture of Beram in the first half of the 17th century” in the panel on church history.

Jasenka Gudelj and Cristiano Guarneri presented their research “Books about the architecture and the related disciplines in the Dominican libraries of the Adriatic Croatia” at the conference dedicated to the 800 years of existence of Dominican order in Croatia "Dominikanci na hrvatskim prostorima 1221-2021", which was held in the Dominican monastery in Dubrovnik. 

The PhD student Karla Papeš presented her current research “Image as a Medium of Circulation of Knowledge in Renaissance Treatises on Fortifications” at the Third International Conference of PhD students "Behind the Image / Beyond the Image" organized by Ca' Foscari University of Venice. The conference was held online.

The post-docs Cristiano Guarneri and Ines Ivić presented a paper on the circulation of architectural knowledge in the Eastern Adriatic titled “Books, buildings and construction techniques: Materiality of architectural knowledge in the Republic of Ragusa during the Early Modern Period” at the Conference "Knowledge, Interpretation and Dissemination: Circulations in Mediterranean Architectural Culture between XVII and XVIII centuries", organized by Department of History, Representation and Restoration of Architecture, Sapienza University of Rome. The conference was held online.

Jasenka Gudelj has presented a paper "Gli scambi artistici tra Venezia e la costa orientale dell’Adriatico: mercato d’architettura, pittura e scultura" for the participants of the International seminar on the art history held at the Istituto Veneto and organised by Ecole du Louvre.

Jasenka Gudelj has presented the project AdriArchCult at the Roundtable on Experiences finding funding organised within the 6th international meeting of European Architectural History Network, hosted by Edinburgh College of Art and held online.

Jasenka Gudelj presented a paper "Giorgio Orsini/Juraj Dalmatinac e il mercato scultoreo-architettonico adriatico nel Quattrocento" at the conference "LE MARCHE E L’ADRIATICO NEL QUATTROCENTO: Arte e architettura tra eredità gotica e Rinascimento dell’antico". The conference was held online.

The team members presented their current research in two sessions at RSA Virtual 2021 sponsored by ERC AdriArchCult. The session Architectural Culture of the Early Modern Eastern Adriatic I consisted of papers by Martina Frank “Local Identities and the Celebration of the Venetian Republic in the Stato da Mar”, Laris Borić “Translations, Adaptations, Citations, and Paraphrases in 16th-Century Classical Architecture throughout the Eastern Adriatic”, and Ana Marinković “Ecclesiastical Visitatores as Agents in the Transmission of Spatial Reforms in the Eastern Adriatic”. In the second session Architectural Culture of the Early Modern Eastern Adriatic II, papers were given by Ines Ivić “Libro della fabbrica as the Source for the Construction History in the Eastern Adriatic Coast”, Cristiano Guarneri “Architectural Books in the Early Modern Eastern Adriatic”, and Jasenka Gudelj “Between Greece and Italy? Fluctuating and Floating Architectural Market of the Early Modern Eastern Adriatic”.

Field research

At the end of June 2021 the ERC AdriArchCult project team embarked on the first research journey to Istria, visiting the main architectural monuments, museums, and institutions in Koper, Piran, Izola, Umag, Novigrad, Poreč, Rovinj, Pula, Buje, Pićan, Pazin, Svetvinčenat, Sveti Petar u Šumi, Vodnjan, and Beram. Besides the extensive photographic expedition, the team visited The State Archives in Pazin and Centro di ricerche storiche in Rovinj, where they got familiar with the possibilities of research and collaboration, performing also preliminary research in their collections. The team members have also performed research in the library of the Franciscan monastery in Pazin.

Participants: prof. Jasenka Gudelj, Giuseppe Andolina, Cristiano Guarneri, Ines Ivić, Karla Papeš, Beatrice Tanzi, Ana Marinković, Laris Borić, Elvis Orbanić.

The research trip to Northern Dalmatia had in its focus the city of Zadar, due to its historical importance, monuments and buildings, and institutions that are offering a variety of research within the scope of ERC AdriArchCult project. The team members spent two weeks in the State Archives in Zadar and the Archdiocesan archives working on the documents relevant for their research during the working hours of the institutions, while the afternoons were reserved for the visits and the discussions on the main monuments and buildings, as well as visits to the museums.  Other than Zadar, this study journey included a visit to Maškovića Han in Vrana, and the cities of Šibenik and Trogir, where researchers also researched in the library of the Franciscan monastery in Šibenik, the State Archives in Šibenik, the Diocesan Archives in Šibenik and the Garagnin-Fanfogna library in the City Museum of Trogir.

Participants: prof. Jasenka Gudelj, Giuseppe Andolina, Cristiano Guarneri, Ines Ivić, Karla Papeš, Beatrice Tanzi, Ana Marinković, Laris Borić

The field research continued with the visits to the cities of Split, Hvar, Korčula, and Dubrovnik. Besides the usual visits to the main monuments, buildings and museums, followed by the photographic campaign, the team members have visited the Center Cvito Fisković-Institute of Art History in Split where they presented the ERC AdriArchCult project and discussed possible collaborations.  Fieldwork in Hvar consisted of the direct work with the monuments, together with the visit of the Archives of the Museum of Hvar Heritage, where researchers have explored the rich archival material related to the history of the city. In Korčula, the team visited the main monuments and the museums, engaging in the discussion and collecting material for further research. For its historical and architectural particularities, the field research in Dubrovnik was important for a better understanding of the urban and architectural changes in the Eastern Adriatic Coast. The rich collections of the State Archives in Dubrovnik, Diocesan archives in Dubrovnik, Institute for Historical Sciences of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Dubrovnik, the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries, and the former Jesuit college, were explored by the team members, collecting the material necessary for the further explorations of their research topics.

Participants: prof. Jasenka Gudelj, Giuseppe Andolina, Cristiano Guarneri, Ines Ivić, Karla Papeš, Beatrice Tanzi, Ana Marinković, Laris Borić, Elvis Orbanić, Daniele Pelosi.


Jasenka Gudelj

Associate professor (Principal Investigator), Ca' Foscari University of Venice (Italy)

Jasenka Gudelj is a historian of art and architecture and a professor of the history of architecture. Her research focuses on the Adriatic region, exploring the circulation of artistic and architectural knowledge, its media and networks. She has investigated the notion of cultural transfer in the field of the classical tradition, reframing the geography of classical models that had a considerable impact on the Renaissance art and architecture to include Eastern coast of Adriatic. Moreover, her studies explore the Renaissance and Baroque artistic and architectural production of the Eastern Adriatic coast, assessing its patronage within the socio-political frame. Her research also encompassed the construction of intrinsic proto-national cultural identities that found their expression in the visual arts and architecture, with an emphasis on Schiavoni/Illyrian confraternities and colleges in Early Modern Italy.

Ines Ivić

Post-doc research grant holder, Ca' Foscari University of Venice (Italy)

Ines Ivić is an art historian and medievalist who received her PhD at the Doctoral School of History (2020) and master’s degree in Medieval Studies with the specialization in the Religious Studies (2016), both from Central European University, Budapest. In her dissertation, she explored the role of the cult of saints as the mirror of the cultural, artistic, political and intellectual changes in the Eastern Adriatic Coast. During the master’s studies in Art History at the University of Zagreb (2015), she worked on the archival documents relevant for the development of the architectural and construction practices in the Republic of Ragusa during the Early Modern Period. The general focus of her research interest is within the sphere of cultural history and the adoption and the adaptation of artistic and intellectual ideas between two coasts of the Adriatic Sea during the Late Medieval and Early Modern period.

Beatrice Tanzi

PhD student, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy)

Beatrice Tanzi is a PhD student at the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice. She got her bachelor’s degree in Cultural Heritage Studies from the University of Milan (2013), and the master’s degree in the Visual Arts from the University of Bologna (2016). Under the supervision of Daniele Benati, she defended a thesis on the 16th-century painter Filippo da Verona. The focus of her interests lies in the research of the correlation of the visual production and the religious currents during the age of Reformation and the Catholic Revival. Her PhD project explores the influence and the outcomes of Agostino Valieri's apostolic visitation in Istria and Dalmatia (1579–1583) on architectural production within the religious sphere.

Daniele Pelosi

PhD student, Ca' Foscari University of Venice (Italy)

Daniele Pelosi is a PhD student of Art History at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. He obtained a BA degree in Cultural Heritage Studies from the University of Milan (2014) with a thesis on the patronage of the Duke of Milan Galeazzo Maria Sforza, which examined the archaic tendency of the Duke's decorative campaigns in the light of his political propaganda. After an internship at the National Museum of Capodimonte in Naples, he received a MA degree in History of Art from the University of Milan (2019) with a dissertation on the patronage of Cardinal Marco Vigerio (1505-1516) for the young Domenico Beccafumi in Rome. His current PhD project investigates Cardinal Vigerio’s relations with artists, humanists and patrons, focusing on his impact over the figurative strategies of Julius II’s pontificate (1503-1513) and the role played by the character in the artistic, religious and cultural contexts of the Adriatic Coast during the late 15th and the early 16th century.

Laris Borić [HRV]

Associate professor, University of Zadar (Croatia)

Laris Borić is an art historian and presently an extraordinary professor of art history at the University of Zadar, Croatia. The principal focus of his academic interest is oriented to the questions of architecture, urban transformation and visual culture in the cities of the Adriatic rim during the Early Modern Period. Particular points of significance are those concerning the transfers of ideas and visual concepts as well as their dissemination and transformation in peripheral areas, mainly through networking of the commissioners, the humanists and the artists, in which complex layers of collective and individual identities are often intermixed by various social, political and cultural agents active in early Modern Dalmatia as a part of Venetian Stato da Mar.

Neven Jovanović [HRV]

Full professor, University of Zagreb (Croatia)

A classical philologist, Neven Jovanović completed a traditional MA thesis in philology and a PhD thesis supported by digital methods at University of Zagreb. His main research interests are European Neo-Latin literature, especially connected with modern Croatia, and digital philology. He teaches Latin literature and some Greek courses. His digital work centres on scholarly editions and analyses of Latin texts and textual corpora. He acts as the main editor of the digital collection Croatiae auctores Latini (CroALa) which publishes open-source texts of Croatian Latin writers from 9th to 20th century. His research interests lie in the exploration of Dalmatian and Croatian Renaissance Humanism, and publishing of the digital collections and editions of Dalmatian Renaissance literary production.

Angela Nuovo

Full professor, Università di Milano La Statale

Cristiano Guarneri

Post-doc research grant holder, Ca' Foscari University of Venice (Italy)

Cristiano Guarneri is an architectural and urban historian. He received his PhD at the School for Advanced Studies in Venice (2010) with a dissertation on the Peter the Great's Kunstkamera in St Petersburg, under supervision of Howard Burns. His pre-doctoral research has been conducted at the Fondazione Archivio del Moderno of the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio (University of Italian Switzerland), and in the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, supported by the Bourse pour Chercheur Débutant from the Swiss National Science Foundation (2008).  Since 2010 he has held postdoctoral positions at the IUAV University in Venice and the University of Padua.  He taught history of modern and contemporary architecture as adjunct professor at the universities of Padua, Brescia, Venice Ca' Foscari, and at the École Nationale Superieure des Traveaux Publics of Yaoundé, and as a teaching assistant in the courses of history of architecture at the universities of Brescia and Padua.

Giuseppe Andolina

PhD student, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy)

Giuseppe Andolina is a PhD student at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. He received his bachelor’s degree in Art History from University of Roma Tre and University of Edinburgh (2017), with a thesis on seventeenth century theatrical academy within the workshop of Cavalier d’Arpino, under the supervision of Maria Cristina Terzaghi. His studies continued at the University of Bologna (2020), where, among other research interests and projects, he worked on renaissance sculpture. The master’s thesis explored the critical fortune of Francesco Laurana in the 19th and 20th century, under the supervision of Andrea Bacchi. His PhD project examines the 15th-century public architecture and monumental sculpture in the Eastern Adriatic Coast through the prism of “Venetiatization” of artistic production in Dalmatia and Istria.

Karla Papeš

PhD student, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy)

Karla Papeš is a PhD student at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Art History and Croatian Language and Literature from the University of Zagreb Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. In 2019 she defended an interdisciplinary thesis on the terminology of Croatian fortification architecture under the supervision of Jasenka Gudelj and Bernardina Petrović. Her PhD thesis explores the military architecture in the Eastern Adriatic Coast from the end of the 15th to the beginning of the 17th century, focusing on the dialogue between the theoretical concepts and the practical experiences in its construction.

Martina Frank

Full professor, Ca' Foscari University of Venice (Italy)

Martina Frank is a historian of art and architecture and full professor of the history of architecture. Her research interests include Venetian art and architecture mainly of the 17th and 18th centuries with particular focus on questions of art patronage and in a cross-disciplinary perspective. Moreover, she investigates the relationship between the Republic of Venice and the Empire, especially in the field of domestic and residential architecture. Her studies also focus on civic and religious rituals in Venice .

Ana Marinković [HRV]

Assistant professor, University of Zagreb (Croatia)

Ana Marinković is a medievalist and historian of art and architecture specialising in urban history of the Adriatic. As assistant professor at the Art History Dpt, University of Zagreb, she is teaching courses related to architecture and urban planning, iconography and hagiography in the Middle Ages and the early modern period. Her research interests lay in spatial responses to changes in political governing and ecclesiastical reforms, as well as in the strategies of symbolic representation of political and church hierarchies. She has particularly studied the civic appropriation and political use of local saints' cults, as well as the „foreign“ rulers's- notably Venetian – interventions in architectural and devotional practices of the eastern Adriatic cities, with a focus on the interplay of private and civic commissions in ecclesiastical (semi-public) and public realm. She is currently working on the spatial issues arisen from the Observant reform and the Catholic Reformation, namely, on the enclosing/disclosing of the liturgical space and on clausura in Mendicant and monastic communities in the eastern Adriatic.

Elvis Orbanić

Research associate, Institute for Historical and Social Sciences of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Rijeka - Regional Unit in Pula (Croatia)

Elvis Orbanić is an archivist and a historian. He works as research associate in the Institute for Historical and Social Sciences of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Rijeka, Regional Unit in Pula. His research focuses on the Northern Adriatic region, especially Istra from the 16th century onwards. The main themes of his scientific interest are related to publishing of historical sources and the relations of the Church and society in the early modern age. He has been a member of three scientific projects and currently is a member of the Scientific Center of Excellence for Croatian Glagolitic Studies as well.

Helena Seražin [SVN]

Assistant professor, France Stele Institute of Art History ZRC SAZU, Ljubljana

Project manager

Silvia Bellacicco

Technical administrative staff, Ca' Foscari University of Venice (Italy)

Silvia Bellacicco is an expert in European funding and Euro-planning, as well as in project management and implementation. She holds a degree in Marine Environmental Sciences (2000) from the “Ca’ Foscari” Università di Venezia, and since 2001 she has worked on European funding for public bodies such as municipalities, research institutes/universities, as well as civil regions and private companies. She has extensive experience in project/partnership coordination and management, and in providing technical and financial assistance for the project leaders and associates.