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Mestroviceve Crikvine Kastilac

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Mestroviceve Crikvine Kastilac

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Skygrazer wrote a review Sep 2019
London106 contributions31 helpful votes
After visiting Mestrovic Atelier in Zagreb I could hardly wait to visit the Gallery in Split. It was a wonderful surprise to find out there is this lovely simple family chapel. There are wonderful wood panels of the story of the life of Christ in this restrained space. One can imagine early Christians came to worship in such a space. I reached the Chapel through an olive tree laden drive. It overlooks the wind swept sea. I found the entrance into a very large Roman style courtyard with a sculpture at one end. As soon as I put my foot into the courtyard a woman came marching towards me at speed as if to chase me away?? It suggests she saw me coming on CCTV. With a barking voice she demanded for me to produce my ticket. I more or less jumped out of my skin at the shocking tone of her voice. I said of course I will get my ticket out. I would not walk around without paying. She barked "Pardon" ??? I realised she had a problem with me being there. My stomach went into a tight ball. I was unprepared for this unexpected confrontation. I had just been swimming in a pool of Ivan's beautiful work in the main gallery and now I was in a Church space being confronted by someone who was clearly angry, bitter and annoyed to see me or my kind there. She obviously holds some very deep hatred and prejudice towards people who resemble me. Why on earth was she working anywhere near the sacred space of a Church or chapel in that case?? Odd beyond words.... This is not the Croatia I had experienced in my last two weeks as I travelled around the country on my own. People has been kind and polite. This woman was uniquely full of her own ugliness. "The Chapel is through that door!!" She barked and threw her hand to point the way to me. I asked if there was anywhere else to look? "You can look around here!!", she barked. With that this ugly character turned and literally stormed off. No explanation and nothing else. I noticed she was wearing a long khaki jacket with the words "Trouble Maker" faux hand painted in white across the shoulders. She was right. She is indeed a very, ugly "trouble maker" and had ruined the end of a wonderful afternoon I had at the main gallery including a super conversation with one of her lovely knowledgeable colleagues who was in the separate studio with the women of the region statues. I return to "Trouble Maker" all the inner turmoil and horror she sent through to me in the energy of the tone of her voice that day!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Andy S wrote a review Oct 2018
Leeds114 contributions24 helpful votes
Basically all you get is the sculpture panels in the church and the cross, but Mestrovic's sculptures are stunning. If you are going to the Gallery (which is well worth it) then take this in too
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Date of experience: October 2018
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hapydragon wrote a review Aug 2018
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You are meant to buy your ticket at the main gallery then come here. It is small, but the wood carving are great, the explanations made the experience even more enlightening.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Sandy S wrote a review Jun 2018
Albuquerque, New Mexico776 contributions320 helpful votes
The same ticket that gets you into the Meštrović Gallery gets you into the little stone chapel, Meštrović’s Crikvine-Kaštilac, about half a kilometer further on. Here, on a very quiet spot overlooking the Adriatic, the church displays 28 wood reliefs of the Life of Christ, plus a large crucifix with the body elongated, like the figures in El Greco’s paintings. The Last Supper panel looks a lot like the version Meštrović painted. Since he carved the first panel, “The Temptation,” in 1917 and the last several in 1948-50, when he taught at Syracuse University, they offer another, even clearer opportunity to see the development of his style. In the courtyard is another wrenching depiction of spiritual agony, “The Author of the Apocalypse,” a white stone sculpture of St. John the Evangelist, reportedly exclaiming to Heaven on the horrors of war. Meštrović sculpted it while at the American Academy in Rome in 1946.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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_shaparak108 wrote a review Oct 2017
London, United Kingdom40 contributions3 helpful votes
If you are visiting the Mistrociv gallery then the chapel is only 200 metres away and worth a visit. You can use the same ticket for both and admire the wooden art pieces inside the chapel. This is also next to some of the best beaches in Split.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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