Pomorski i povijesni muzej Hrvatskog primorja Rijeka

Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral

Pomorski i povijesni muzej Hrvatskog primorja Rijeka

The Fine Art Collection

Head: Margita Cvijetinović Starac, curator

The Fine Art Collection is a collection of the cultural-history department which collects, preserves, expertly and scientifically processes and presents paintings, drawings and sculptures. The total number of items is 1,337 of which 1,197 have been inventoried. The material has been published in various publications by the museum and by other publishers.
The museum’s exhibits originate from all over the county, and the chronological range from the Late Gothic to the 1970s presents the sequence of artistic styles and lifestyle, artistic pursuits, taste and wealth of the clients and the ranges of local creators and they are a valuable and indispensable source of research and illustration of the life of Rijeka and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County.
The pictures were ordered and bought from all over Europe. By the 19th century they were mostly the works of Italian painting schools of various artistic ranges. To a lesser extent also represented are Dutch paintings, the works of Austrian and German artists and the paintings of the Madonnero School. There are several icons and one hajji picture. The valuable works, the attribution of which in the 1960s was completed by Prof. Grgo Gamulin Ph.D (Leandro Bassano and the Bassano workshop, Giulio Carpioni, Niccolo Bambinij, Matteo Ghidoni de’ Pitocchi, Pietro Bernardi), are also joined by the picture of St. Lucy which is, from the conservation-restoration works performed by MSc. Višnja Bralić, attributed to Palma Mlađi (Palma Giovane). The largest part of the collection consists of provincial or popular works and the works of schools, followers and copyists.
During the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century the artists most represented are from Vienna, Budapest, Marseilles and Venice.
Franz Wiehl, Ferenz Antal, Giacomo Maraston, radionica Michele Canzio – Tomasso Darin – Francesco Beda, György Vastag, Karoly Jakobey, Carlo Wostry, Umberto Veruda G. Zangrando, Carlo Ostrogovich, Johann Ferstlury, Carlo Wostri, I. L. Rose, Gigi Gasparini, G. Zangrando, Than Mor, Miklos Barabas, Lajos Burger, Fodor Róza, Hans Temple, Giuseppe Mazzarese, Charlesa Beauvea from Marseilles and Eng. Le Gendra from Antwerp.
Especially valuable are the works of local artists or artists who spent a certain time here due to their documentary importance: (Giovanni Simonetti, Francesco Colombo, Vincenzo Reggio, Christian von Maÿr, Giovanni Fumi, Giulio Lehmann, Francesco Pauer, Georg Conräder, Giovanni Paulinovich, Joseph Horaczek, Josip Moretti Zajc, Christian von Maÿr, Marcello and Carlo Ostrogovich, Lorenzo Butti, J. K. Janovski, Rosso Moretti, Carlo Tafuri, Osvaldo Moro, Giulio Lehman, Franjo Pavačić, Giovanni Butkovich, Oskar Knollseissen, Cornelio Zustovich, Luigi Kasimir, Giovanni Provay, Enrico Fonda, Romolo Venucci, Ivan Kinkela, Sergej Kučinski, Karel Umek, Božena Vilhar, Gianfranco Miksa, Slavko Grčko, Antun Haller, Vladimir Udatny, Branka Marčeta Gregurić, Zdravko Čosić, Ladislav Šošterić, Antun Žunić, Ivo Kalina, Jozo Janda, Višnja Sever, Milivoj Brozović, Zvonimir Kamenar and others).
The works are displayed in permanent and temporary exhibitions, and they are stored in a storeroom for paintings / paper with appropriate microclimate conditions. Since 2000, when a list of the conditions of the items was made with a priority list of those for restoration, conservation-restoration processes have been continuously carried out of which, to date, 58 paintings and 4 wooden sculptures have been subject to.