The Archeological Museum of Istria
The Ivan Meštrović Museums
The exhibition created by
Zorana Jurić Šabić
Maja Šeparović Palada
The exhibition design by
Meštrović: Imprints of the Soul
May 17 – October 27, 2019
The Sacred Hearts Gallery, Pula
The Religious Art of Ivan Meštrović
The exhibition Meštrović: Imprints of the Soul is dedicated to one of the most important segments of Meštrović’s remarkable artistic oeuvre, his religious art. Starting from the earliest works of his boyhood and continuing right up to his death, religious motifs occupied a major part of his creative interest, and his reflections on iconographic themes shaped the interiors of many religious spaces.
In the exhibition, presented at three locations (Sacred Hearts Museum Gallery, the Temple of Augustus, and Amphitheatre Gallery), sculptures in wood, bronze, marble and plaster, paintings, drawings and lithographs are on show – Meštrović masterpieces from the 1913 to 1953 period. As well as his works in sculpting and painting, Meštrović’s architectural productions are presented, including the churches of Our Lady of Angels in Cavtat, of the Most Holy Redeemer by Otavice, of Our Lady in Biskupija and of Holy Cross in Meštrović’s Crikvine-Kaštilac in Split.
Presented are masterpieces from the holdings of the Ivan Meštrović Museums; there are works from the permanent displays, as well as those that, less well known and never exhibited, are kept in the museums’ stores. The exhibition set-up is enhanced with artworks from the collections of other museum and ecclesiastical institutions and those owned by the heirs of Ivan Meštrović.