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Artistic topography of the island of Rab: Lopar, Supetarska Draga, Kampor and Kalifront


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Damjanović, Marija. (2017). Artistic topography of the island of Rab: Lopar, Supetarska Draga, Kampor and Kalifront. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Art History. [mentor Jurković, Miljenko].

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This study integrates analyses of the monuments in the northwestern part of the island of Rab, accentuating their various political and cultural bonds. Multiple prehistoric sites have been discovered on the Lopar peninsula and are included in this study, along with the Iron age settlements called „gradine“ and ancient architecture remains. The impact of the Benedictine monastic reform is examined on the example of the former abbey of St. Peter in Supetarska Draga. The well-preserved church, with capitals in situ, provides important information about the liturgical practice, whilst the church portal reveals connections with important religious centers. The archaeological site of Kaštelina in Kampor, for a long time thought to be a Byzantine fortification, is here interpreted in light of recent excavations that have revealed what most likely might have been a Roman maritime villa. The monastery of St. Eufemia, also in Kampor, was funded in the 15th century and has still, for the most part, maintained the original Gothic structure of the church and cloister. A part of the island`s cultural heritage that is still to be systematically explored are simple one-aisled churches. They mostly had votive function and are found throughout the island in scarce remains. In conclusion, this paper affirms the spatial and temporal unity of the artistic heritage of the island of Rab and emphasizes the function of a monument as a document of communal cultural history.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: Benedictines, Franciscans, settlement continuity, the island of Rab, prehistoric sites, early Medieval sculpture, monastic complex, transformation of the cultural landscape
Subjects: History of art
Departments: Department of Art History
Supervisor: Jurković, Miljenko
Date Deposited: 07 May 2018 08:14
Last Modified: 07 May 2018 08:28

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