The Museum

The Museum

Extremely valuable cultural heritage in the possession of the friary has found its place in the newly decorated museum situated on the ground floor of the large cloister northern wing.  The lovely wooden relief Mother of God with the Child by Andrea da Murano from 147?  is placed within a rectangular frame, dating it back to the 16th century. The peaceful figure of the Mother of God on the throne with baby Jesus holding a dove was probably the central part of a larger composition, while – somewhere in the 16th century – it was given the present frame and became a part of one of the church’s altars.

Andrea da Murano – Mother of God with Child, 147?.

Dating back to the renaissance are also the wooden statues of Mary, and the apostles John and Paul, made by local workshops. The first two figures are actually a part of the Crucifixion theme, only the central character, Christ Crucified, is lost. Lovely examples of baroque sculpture are the figure in motion of the Our Lady of Immaculate Conception and a somewhat stiller figure of Our Lady of Mt Carmel. High quality work of the Italian-Cretan 16th century masters is also the small icon with the figure of St. Francis on a gilded background. The Saint from Assisi is presented as pushed into the close-up, meditatively leaning on an ascetically thin arm, with the Holy Book, a skull and a Crucifix before him. The rocky landscape in the back reveals a cave and, in it, a church with a tower-bell.

A Portrait of John Duns Scott

Some of the artefacts are identified by inscriptions as orders by the local noble families, such as Rest on the Flee to Egypt, made for the Bocchina family in 1651 by Toma Grgurić (Gregori). All of these are, artistically speaking, quite modest works, made according to models coming from Venice.

Similar features characterize two series of portraits of Franciscan founders and writers from the 17th century, testifying not only dedication to Franciscan tradition, but also the Order’s intellectual power. Also preserved is the valuable furniture from the chapter hall, consisting of mosaic oak wood chairs of Lombardian-Venetian type from the turn of the 16th century. The Museum also keeps valuable examples of old liturgical attire, some pieces even coming from the French workshops, as well as liturgical silverware originating from Venice, made between 16th and 18th century. There is also a rich collection of ethnographic items, illustrating how the life of local peasants and fishermen was like.

J. G.

 

Adress:Samostan sv. Frane
Trg sv. Frane 6
51557 Cres

Phone no:tel. (051) 571-217

samostan.cres@ofmconv.hr

Priests:Fr. Zdravko Tuba, Guardian
Fr. Ferdinand Ćavar
Fr. Tomislav Cvetko, Magister of the Postulants


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