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The Beginnings of the Flacius Memorial Collection
The memorial collection of Matthias Flacius Illyricus PDF Print E-mail
The Beginnings of the Flacius Memorial Collection
The memorial collection of Matthias Flacius Illyricus was created at the initiative of the National Museum of Labin and the Labin Municipal Assembly. The conceptual solution of the collection was made in 1969 by Professor Matko Rojnić, an Istrian who was the director of the National and University Library in Zagreb. The accompanying legends were edited in 1975 by his associate, librarian Šime Jurić, the head of the Rare Books Collection. The artistic interpretation of the collection was designed by the artist from Labin, Eugen Kokot, academic painter and restorer, later a Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Photo enlargements were made by the artistic photographer Nino Vranić and by Eugen Kokot. The coordinator for creating the exhibition was the curator of the Museum, Tullio Vorano.
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The First Mention of the Collection PDF Print E-mail
The Beginnings of the Flacius Memorial Collection
The first mention of Flacius in official documents of the Museum dates from 1962. In the minutes from the meeting of the Board of the Museum on 2 April 1962 the following is stated under part C, No. 6, among the plans for 1962 and 1963: the gathering and acquisitioning of documentation for a medieval collection as well as for Matthias Flacius and Baldo Lupetino, in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Mijo Mirković.
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Making a Copy of Flacius’ Portrait PDF Print E-mail
The Beginnings of the Flacius Memorial Collection

In 1969 the Museum made an agreement with artist Eugen Kokot from Labin about painting a copy of Flacius’ portrait which is on display at the Manuscript Division of the University Library in Jena, Germany. This was done in cooperation with the Museum Documentation Center in Zagreb and by using part of the funding from the National Fund for the Advancement of Cultural Activities of the Federal Republic of Croatia, which had been approved for the purposes of establishing the Flacius Memorial Collection.

Kokot painted a copy of Flacius’ portrait between 8 and 11 October 1969.

The picture of Matthias Flacius, who was a professor of theology in Jena from 1557 until 1561, is an oil painting on canvas by an anonymous artist who used Tobias Stimmer’s (1539-1584) woodcut from 1571 as the template for his work.

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