8 Nov. 2019
At a scientific conference with international participation in Poreč, the following presentations were held: Andrej Žmegač: Platform for the Cartography of Pannonian Cities, and Ratko Vučetić: Urban Transformation of Varaždin and Osijek in the Sixteenth Century. Zlatko Uzelac also gave a presentation. The scientific meeting was organized to mark the centenary of the birth of the co-founder of the Institute of Art History, Professor Milan Prelog (1919 - 1988), and the topics of the presentation were devoted to city research.
6 Nov. 2019
At the public presentation of the project held at the Institute of Art History, the project leader Dr Katarina Horvat-Levaj presented the results in the first year of the project. All the planned results were achieved, from field and archival research, through participation at scientific conferences, to the publication of scientific works (articles and books). The results of the research and an insight into the complete body of the city-fortresses built at the time of Eugene of Savoy indicated the need to broaden the subject from the city-fortresses in Croatia and Vojvodina, as originally planned, to the city-fortresses along the entire former border of the Habsburg Monarchy, which included Serbia, Hungary and Romania. The artistic connections in the design of the cities, fortifications, public, administrative, military and religious architecture, arising from the joint contracting authorities - Eugene of Savoy and the Vienna Court, and retaining the same architects and engineers on mutually distant fortresses, proved to be much stronger than previously assumed. Encouragement for this much more extensive research is also the fact that this topic is relatively poorly researched or almost completely unknown in the other respective countries.
28 Oct. 2019
During his stay in Vienna, Academician Radoslav Tomić identified the palaces in which Prince Eugene of Savoy lived and worked, and in which he amassed his famous collections. The study trip included research in libraries and archives.
7 Oct. 2019
On a tour of the city-fortresses from the time of Eugene of Savoy in Hungary and Romania (Szeged, Arad, Timisoara, Alba Iulia, Oradea, Sibiu), all the members of the research group were acquainted with the topics they would cover. Particular attention was paid to Timisoara and Alba Iulia, as the most important fortresses in the area and important comparative examples for the city-fortresses in Croatia. Photographic recording and architectural mapping were performed.
2 Sept. 2019
Katarina Horvat-Levaj and Margareta Turkalj Podmanicki visited Budapest for research at the Scientific Library and the State Archives. The subject of research was architects and builders engaged in the construction of the Palace of the Slavonian General Command in Osijek. The research results were incorporated in the scientific monograph they authored, Palace of the Slavonian General Command in Tvrđa in Osijek, published by the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
29 Aug. 2019
The Suburbium Association from Novi Sad, within the framework of the Central European Initiative (CEI), organized the international conference Fortress of Tomorrow in Petrovaradin. The main lecturer and moderator was Zlatko Uzelac. Ratko Vučetić and Ivana Haničar Buljan gave a lecture entitled Tvrđa - Fortress in Osijek: The problems of Revitalization. Other lectures were also about the revitalization of city-fortresses in Europe and were delivered by experts from Romania, the Czech Republic, Italy, Germany, Ukraine, Poland, Italy and Serbia. The discussion and conclusions of the conference will certainly contribute to the further exploration, valorisation and reconstruction of the city-fortresses in Europe
1-9 Aug. 2019
Andrej Zmegač, Zlatko Uzelac, Katarina Horvat-Levaj and Margareta Turkalj Podmanicki conducted archival research in the State Archives in Croatia. In cooperation with foreign archivists, documentation from the National Archives in Vienna was studied. New material was found on military engineers and architects engaged on the forts, as well as new plans and projects.
5 July 2019
Within the framework of the Osijek Summer, the scientific monograph by Margareta Turkalj Podmanicki, Baroque Religious Architecture in the Osijek-Đakovo Archdiocese was promoted, published by the ArTresor Publishing House and the Institute of Art History
4 June 2019
On a tour of the city-fortresses from the time of Eugene of Savoy in Serbia (Petrovaradin, Belgrade, Pančevo), all the members of the research group were acquainted with the topics they would be covering. Contacts were made with the project consultant Dubravka Djukanović in Novi Sad. Photographic recording and architectural mapping were performed.
2 June 2019
Milan Pelc went on a study visit to Vienna to explore the iconography of Prince Eugene of Savoy, especially in the context of his war conquests and the construction of new military architecture. He gave a lecture on this at the final presentation of the project.
19 Marc 2019
At the joint field research in Slavonia, all the members of the research group were acquainted with the key city-fortresses from the time of Eugene of Savoy in Croatia: Stara Gradiška, Slavonski Brod and Osijek. Investigations were also carried out in the fortified manor of Eugene of Savoy in Bilje, and in the family seat of the commander of the Osijek fortress Maximilian Petrasch in Cernik. Photographic recording and architectural mapping were performed.
1 Marc 2019
At the first joint field research of all the members of the research group, Karlovac was surveyed as a prototype of the planned Renaissance city-fortress, to which the Baroque city-fortress of Novi Karlovac (Orlica) was to have been added at the time of Eugene of Savoy. The remains of the unfinished fortress were photographed by drone.
19 Feb. 2019
At the initial meeting of all the members of the project research group, held at the Institute of Art History, the details of the work plan were agreed on. Particular focus was placed on joint field surveys of city-fortresses from the time of Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663–1736), which formed the border of the Habsburg Monarchy to the Ottoman Empire, and which are today on the territories of Croatia, Serbia, Hungary and Romania. A plan for archival research, architectural surveying and photographic recording was also adopted.