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Croatia and France in the final of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Moscow
By Nenad N. Bach and Darko Žubrinić | Published  07/14/2018 | Music , Sports , Events , Entertainment , Education , Culture And Arts | Unrated
Croatia - France, historical and cultural relations throughout centuries

Jacques Le Goff:
...the flowering of one of the finest European artistic traditions
of the Early Middle Ages
From his foreword to "Croatia in the Middle Ages: A Cultural Survey"

Frano Laurana, known also as Francesco Laureano (1420 - 1502), a Croat born near Zadar, was a sculptor in Italy (Naples, Messina, Palermo) and in France (Aix, Marseille, Avignon, Le Mans, Tarascon). In France (Provence) he worked at the Court of Bon Roi Rene, and married a daughter of a French painter in Avignon. His portrait busts of women represent the highest achievement of the Quatroccento sculpture. They can be seen in galleries in Palermo, Vienna, New York and Paris (Louvre, Musee Jacquemart - Andre). His disciple was the famous Donato Bramante. See [Gregory Peroche], p. 72.

Frano Laurana: Bust of a woman, Louvre, Paris

In the Musee du Louvre in Paris (l'aile Deon) dedicated to Italian sculpture of Quattrocento, two Croatian artists are represented, Francesko Laurana and Giovanni Dalmata de Trau (Ivan Duknovic from Trogir). Their 4 sculptures and bas-reliefs can be seen in the first hall. It is interesting that Renaissance art appeared in Croatia about a hundred years earlier than in France. See information about the exhibition La Renaissance en Croatie at MusĂŠe national de la Renaissance in Paris in 2004.

Ivan Duknovic: St. John Evangelist, round 1482, Trogir Cathedral

Virgilije Nevjestic is one of today's greatest graphic artists, a professor in Paris (since 1977 at the ``Institute for the formation of restorers of works of art', and also the chief of the ``Atelier for artistic technology'). His masterpieces are in possession o many private collections, including a collection of Georges Pompidou, a former president of France. One of his famous large-scale paintings is Vukovar, which he described as a scream, revolt against an evil done to the Croatian people.

A good illustration of the intensity of the cultural life in Croatia in the 19th century is the following: just in the period from 1868 to 1883 the Croatian Theater in Zagreb had as many as 140 (hundred and forty!) premieres of the pieces written by French authors, with approximately the same pace until the end of the century. Similarly in Dubrovnik, Zadar and Split, see [Croatie/France], p. 233.

Sarah Bernardt visited Zagreb twice, in 1889 and in 1904, with La Tosca and La dame aux camelias, performed of course in French. Also according to [Dolbeau] she had several visits to Zagreb. Is it true that E‰mile Zola had Croatian roots, as claimed by the French intellectual Cristophe Dolbeau, see p 47 (Colich -> Zola)? The French writer George Sand wrote her novel "Uscoque" (Uskok) in 1838, Prosper MerimĂŠe wrote his famous "Guzla" in 1827, both obviously inspired by Dalmatia and its inhabitants. The French writers were extremely popular in Croatia in the 19th century.
French universities allocated about 600 scholarships to ex-YU students each year between the two WWs. Here the Croatian students were represented with only by 5, i.e. with less than 1% (one percent). Despite this, in the same period more than 100 French authors were translated into Croatian by Zabavna biblioteka led by Nikola Andric in Zagreb. See [Gregory Peroche], p. 210.

Agabekov SA is world's famous company seated in Geneva, Switzerland, dealing with exterior lighting design. Mr Youri Agabekov, the founder of the company, has Croatian roots: his father is Ladislav Zerjavic, from Hrvatsko Zagorje near Zagreb. His products have been used to cover with soft lighting such buildings like (photos by kind permission of Mr. Youri Agabekov):
  • the Vatican
  • Louvre, Paris
  • Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow
  • Saint Michel Bridge, Paris
  • Palace of Sponza in Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Villa Astra in Lovran, Croatia
  • Guernica by P. Picasso, Paris
  • College de France, Paris
  • Kingston Bridge, London
  • Siltassari and Pitkäslita Bridges in Helsinki (Finland)
  • Museum Arqueologic de Catalunya and Cathedral of Barcelona
  • Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • Queen's Residence "Parlement" in Holland
  • Princely Palace of Monaco
  • National Museum Singapore
  • Palacio National Mexico
  • Banque Europeenne in Bruxelles (Belgium)
  • National Bank of Greece in Athens
  • Bank of Luxemburg, etc.

Mr Youri Agabekov is a Croat born in Russia, living in Switzerland (Geneva) and in Croatia (Zagreb). His company, Agabekov SA, has 80 representatives throughout the world. Here is the logo of the company devoted to his wife Branka:

Light fixture, United States Patent 4158221 by Youri Agabekov; some of his patents are also held in Japan

Palace of Sponza, Dubrovnik

Vuprem oci an old traditional Croatian song very popular among French vocal choirs

Šetalište Ruđera Boškovića u Parizu, proglašeno 2013.

Znanstvenik i filozof
Hrvat po rođenju, naturalizirani Francuz
simbol univerzalnosti u Stoljeću svjetlosti

"Esplanade R. J. Boscovich" se nalazi u blizini Bastille

6, Rue de Seine, Paris 6, France
Ploča s nadpisom na francuskom i hrvatskom jeziku.

Stjepan Hauser & Petrit Ceku with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra playing Tango en Skai, composition by Roland Dyens, distinguished French guitarist.

Croatian kid walking in Bruxelles, accompanied with ovations

About Croatia in French (old web site of Croatian Embassy in Paris, active since 1995-2012)

Formated for CROWN by Darko Žubrinić
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