Croatian miscellany #12

Sculpture of the Croatian poet, writer and politician Vladimir Nazor (1876–1949), in Zelengaj. Zagreb, December 2007 Nazor was born on the island of Brač (a lovely place), the folk legends of which informed one of his best-known works, Pastir Loda (‘Loda the Shepherd’). During the Second World War he joined the Partisans, and was later …

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Croatian miscellany #5

Sculpture of Renaissance playwright and poet Hanibal Lucic, in front of the Benedictine monastery in Hvar, February 2011 Photo © Rudolf Abraham. No unauthorized use.

Croatian miscellany #4

Statue of the Croatian poet Antun Gustav Matos by Ivan Kozaric, Zagreb, April 2009 Zagreb has some wonderful outdoor sculpture, and this one of Matos is probably the best-known, with people regularly turning up to have their photograph taken here, or to just sit on the bench with him. Sometimes it’s hard to tell who’s …

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Lofoten landscape art

Two shots of works forming part of the Skulpturlandskap Nordland project (, which I plan to document in further visits to northern Norway in 2012/13. (The second of these images has actually appeared in an earlier post.) ‘Laurel leaves’ by Spanish artist Cristina Iglesias (1956), Moskenesoya, Lofoten Islands. (The ‘model’ in this image, by the …

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Kumica Barica

On a rainy day in Zagreb earlier this week…. This statue of a peasant woman, known as Kumica Barica, stands at the entrance to Dolac market, Zagreb, Croatia