Ivan Rendić

Rendić, Ivan, Croatian sculptor (Imotski, August 27, 1849 - Split, June 29, 1932). He practiced sculpture from an early age in Supetar on the island of Brač. He studied with the woodcarver Giovanni Moscott in Trieste (1865). He graduated from the Academy in Venice in 1871, and studied in Florence with G. Dupré (1872–76), who strongly influenced the young sculptor with his academic realism. He was a member of the Medulić group. He initially designed the works realistically with elements of naturalism, paying attention to the treatment of details (Hercegovka, 1883), and around 1900 he adopted the Art Nouveau style, which he gave a personal touch to by applying reshaped national folklore motifs. His best works are realistic portraits and realistically shaped allegorical figures. From 1877 to 1880, he had a studio in Zagreb, where he created busts of Croatian greats for Zrinjevac Park (Andrija Medulić, Julije Klović, Krsto Frankopan, Nikola Jurišić).