Klovićevi Dvori Gallery Zagreb Croatia

Juraj Julije Klović Croatian Artist – Wikipedia

Galerija Klovićevi dvori opened in 1982, as a “specialized fine art museum with a state mandate”. It’s the “largest gallery institution in Croatia”. The gallery is named after 16th-century Croatian artist Juraj Julije Klović, considered one of the “greatest manuscript illuminators of the Italian Renaissance”.

Bust of Bishop Đura Kokša 1994 Sculptor and Medalist Šime Klaić
The Arctic Collection of Bishop Đura Kokša – Seal of Faith, Trace of Art

I visited to view the exhibition of Bishop Đura Kokša – Seal of Faith, Trace of Art. The impressive gallery “captures artistic phenomena and cultural events from prehistory to present”. There are four exhibition floors with up to thirty showings per year.

Vilim Svečnjak House in Ogulin 1956


“In Croatian Naïve Art, you can see a strange perspective effect, strong use of patterns without lessening of colour intensity towards the background/distance, and use of details where they should be decreased.” croatia4me


Naïve Art Cows In The Woods 1973 Ivan Generalić
Ivan Generalić River Landscape 1964
Vilim Svečnjak House of Tito’s Aunt 1978

Bishop Kokša began his art collection in 1942, during the “height of World War II”. The works displayed at Klovićevi Dvori are indescribably beautiful and contain a collection of over 700 magnificent pieces by Croatian, Italian, Hungarian, Montenegrin, and other “Old Masters,” as well as work by 20th century Croatian and foreign artists. I was mesmerized, and another visit is necessary to wrap my head around the history and significance of the extraordinary art collection.

Mato Celestin Medović Heather 1910
Dina Bellotti Pope Paul VI 1968


Futurism was an Italian art movement of the early twentieth century that aimed to capture in art the dynamism and energy of the modern world.” www.tate.org.uk


Ivo Dulčić 1916-1975 Jesus Stripped of his Garments
Futurism, Metaphysical, and Croatian Naïve Art

In this post, I’m sharing several of my favorites. Other than exhibition description wall narratives, there were no handouts or audio, so some of the information was hard to grasp. Anyone interested in a particular artist can Google for details.

Piero Di Giovanni Bonaccorsi 1501-1547 Christ Calling Peter and Andrew

Futurism and Metaphysical paintings were stunning, as was the collection of Croatian Naïve Art. Honestly, every painting in the exhibition was outstanding!

Dina Bellotti 1912-2003 Italian Artist and Pope’s PainterPiemonte Top News


Metaphysical Art – Pittura Metafisica – was an early twentieth century Italian art movement typified by dream-like views of eerie arcaded squares with unexpected juxtapositions of objects.” www.tate.org.uk


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