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An important addendum on beautiful jacquemarts in Croatia

Date: Jun 24, 2010,09:18 AM -  (view entire thread)

Our highly esteemed community member Damjan Franjevic (Ares501) from Zagreb offered a highly interesting information on the "Green men of Dubrovnik":


I would like to take this opportunity and present most famous Jacquemarts from
my country The Green Man of Dubrovnik.

These are the Renaissance bronze statues, because of its greenish color acquired by the patina
are locally called the Green Men or originally Zelenci.
One is known as Maro and second as Baro.



(c) dubrovacki.hr

Restored to full glory

(c) dubrovacki.hr

Maro says hi

For more than four hundred years the mobile bronze sculptures of mythical warriors have been beating out the hours on the Dubrovnik city bell tower until the early 20th century when they are worn out due to a large degree of damage, removed and stored in Dubrovnik National Museum of that time, and then in the Sponza Palace.



(c) Damjan Franjevic

In natural habitat

(c) Damjan Franjevic


Above De Bethune like town clock :0)

(c) Damjan Franjevic


It is hypothesised that the idea was originated around 1477 by the prominent Tuscan architect and sculptor Michelozzo di Bartolomeo (1391-1472), and realized by his assistant Michelle di Giovanni,called “Il Greco “ who resided in Dubrovnik from 1457 until his death in 1480, working as a cannon and bell founder.

These two statues are symbol of Town of Dubrovnik and eternal guardians of his existence.



(c) Damjan Franjevic

The original figures are replaced by exact replicas.
Originals are in Rector's palace today (next to tower where they were striking hours for centuries)
  
restored to original state as pictured in my first post.
Replicas are fully functional.



Rector's palace in background tower with clock and today replicas of Maro & Baro Jacquemarts (c) Damjan Franjevic




Be
st
Damian



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