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Istrian Frescoes

Overview

The great number of preserved frescoes to be seen on the relatively small territory of the Istrian peninsula is amazing.
These frescoes can be tracked back to the turn of 9th century, but it is during the 11th century that they started to
be produced in great number.Istrian frescoes are vivid and authentic art works, nearly all of which can be seen in
little churches scattered around small, picturesque Istrian towns or villages usually situated on secluded hilltops. At that time, a church wouldn’t be
considered finished if a painter hadn’t made frescoes.

Highlights: Beram, Draguć, Hum, Roč

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Beram frescoes

Certainly, the most well known cycle of Istrian frescoes was the work of Master Vincent from kastav in 1474. However,
in Beram, the frescoes are the work of several artists. The Italian master painted the image of St. Martin the horseman,
who cuts a piece of his luxurious cloak giving it to a freezing, bare and poor passer-by in order to wrap himself in it.
Vincent was the chief painter, a contractor and a work organiser, but two other painters decorated the church as well.
One of them painted the fascinating scene representing the Dance of Death as a great moral warning that when faced
with death all people are equal and no one can escape it. Death took the pope, a cardinal, a bishop, a king and a queen,
a fat tavern-keeper with a canteen of wine, a child, a beggar, a soldier whose solid armour could not protect him, and
a merchant who could not bribe Death with golden coins

Draguć frescoes

The frescoes in St. Elysium church were discovered as late as 1964, but they were painted at the end of the 13th century.
The frescoes, with the dominant yellow, red and green colours, painted on the south and north walls, present the cycle
from the life of Christ. The author painted only the essential features with no other details, and the perspective was
achieved by linear means. The frescoes in St. Roch cover nearly the whole interior, and were painted by Master
Anthony of Padova, who was strongly influenced by Venetian painting. Many people mistake his native town for the
well-known city in Italy, but as a matter of fact, it is the old name for Hašćerga, a town in central Istria. Master Anthony
decorated the entire interior of the church with frescoes depicting the life of Christ – from his birth to his crucifixion.
He also portrayed St. Roch, St. Sebastian, a bishop, and the pope. Not only were the frescoes signed and dated by the
painter, but were also marked with the name of the commissioner.

Hum frescoes

The oldest and most famous frescoes are kept in the small church of St. Jerome at the Hum cemetery. These frescoes dating
from the second half of the 12th century are a very rare example of Byzantine painting in these parts. Fragments of
The Annunciation are preserved on the triumphal arch, on the southern wall was the cycle from the life of Christ where only
a detail of The Visitation has been preserved, while on the northern wall the following details from the cycle of Christ's Passion
remain: Last Supper, Juda's Kiss, Crucifixion, Deposition from the Cross and The Entombment. In the lower part of the northern
wall is a preserved fragment presenting images of the martyrdom of St. Lawrence.
The painted walls have been inscribed with numerous Glagolitic graffiti, among them is the famous Hum graffito.

Roč frescoes

The Romanesque small church of St. Roch in Roč has an apse painted with two layers of frescoes: the older layer dates from the 14th century whereas the younger one is from the second half of the 15th century. The older layer with hagiographic scenes belongs to the Italian Trecento, and the younger layer is the work of an unknown Friulian master of the Renaissance presenting Christ in Glory and the Twelve Apostles.

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Essentials

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- Transfer in car/minivan
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- visit as per program

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- Meals
- Drinks
- Tips
- Entrance fees

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Lunch can be organized id a group wants to.

Essentials

You can start your holiday on any date in the season. To make a provisional reservation select "book". The price shown is per person, based on two people travelling, we offer discounts for groups of more than three people travelling together, these prices are displayed in the booking process.

No special skills are required for this daytrip.

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