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Bourgeois Art Commissions in Carniola and Styria in the 19th and the First Half of the 20th Century

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
6.09.00  Humanities  Art history   

Code Science Field
6.04  Humanities  Arts (arts, history of arts, performing arts, music) 
Art Patronage, Bourgeoisie, 1815-1941, Carniola, Styria
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on July 17, 2024; A3 for period 2018-2022
Data for ARIS tenders ( 04.04.2019 – Programme tender, archive )
Database Linked records Citations Pure citations Average pure citations
WoS  26  75  72  2.77 
Scopus  78  200  172  2.21 
Researchers (9)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  33218  PhD Renata Komić Marn  Art history  Researcher  2021 - 2024  136 
2.  31343  PhD Vesna Krmelj  Art history  Researcher  2021 - 2024  177 
3.  29394  PhD Franci Lazarini  Art history  Head  2021 - 2024  269 
4.  39187  PhD Anja Milič Iskra  Art history  Researcher  2021 - 2024  40 
5.  33361  PhD Katarina Mohar  Art history  Researcher  2022 - 2024  124 
6.  23509  PhD Mija Oter Gorenčič  Art history  Researcher  2021  286 
7.  19632  PhD Andrej Rahten  Historiography  Researcher  2021 - 2024  572 
8.  31715  PhD Polonca Vidmar  Art history  Researcher  2021 - 2024  407 
9.  15203  PhD Barbara Vodopivec  Historiography  Researcher  2021 - 2024  214 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  2565  University of Maribor Faculty of Arts  Maribor  5089638050  31,015 
2.  0618  Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts  Ljubljana  5105498000  63,134 
The basic research project focuses on the art commissions of the bourgeoisie in the two central Slovenian provinces of Styria and Carniola in the 19th and the first half of the 20th century – i.e., in the time when the bourgeoisie was most involved in commissioning artworks. Due to the significant extent of the topic, we have selected several case studies while striving to ensure equal representation of both historical provinces, commissions from the time of the Habsburg Monarchy as well as the First Yugoslavia, various art genres (architecture, sculpture, painting, applied arts), as well as public and private commissions. One of the emphases of the project also focuses on the national aspect, which is why the researched art commissioners will include members of the Slovenian as well as the German-speaking community. In the context of the project, the following topics will be researched: the development of the bourgeoisie as an art commissioner in Ljubljana using the example of Villa Ebenspanger; the question of how the uppermost stratum of the Maribor bourgeoisie at the end of the 19th century furnished public facilities (Town Hall, Savings Bank) and private residences; the architectural activities of the so-called Germans in the Lower Styrian and Carniolan cities; the mechanisms and practices involved in the commissioning of bourgeois portraits and their iconography in the 19th and the first half of the 20th century; the unrealised patriotic projects of the architect Jože Plečnik from the 1920s and 1930s in Ljubljana; the decorative art (architectural sculpture and mural paintings) of Ljubljana’s modernist public and private architecture from the period before World War II; art and cultural exhibitions at Ljubljana Grand Fair, one of the central economic and cultural events of the interwar period; and the art patronage of the selected Lower Styrian families in the 1920s and 1930s with a special emphasis on the national aspects and the activities of the diplomat and politician Dr Ivan Švegel as a patron and collector. In terms of methodology, the project that includes researchers at all stages of their careers will be based on studying and critically evaluating the scientific and expert literature as well as analysing the primary archival sources in the Slovenian and foreign archives. Through fieldwork, the historical research will be supplemented with a stylistic and iconographical analysis. The comparison with the contemporaneous artistic developments and art commissions in the territory of the Habsburg Monarchy or its successors will represent an important part of the present research, allowing for a comprehensive insight into the cultural trends of the time. Much attention will also be paid to the placement of the artworks and art commissioners’ activities under consideration into the broader cultural context of the relevant period. The outcomes of the research carried out in the context of the project (the planned results of the basic project) will be published in the form of original scientific articles or reviews, while the expert and the interested general public will be able to learn about these realisations from presentations at conferences and workshops, public lectures, as well as through the ongoing inclusion of project findings into the pedagogical process at the Department of Art History at the Faculty of Arts, University of Maribor. Using digital humanities, an exhibition about the selected bourgeois villas in Slovenia and their commissioners will be organised with the aim of garnering the interest of the broader public.
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