0205 The Architectural History of the Illyrian-Hungarian College in Bologna

  • Danko Šourek (Author)

    Danko Šourek graduated in Art History and Archaeology in 2005. In 2012 he obtained his PhD in History of Baroque Sculpture from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, where he is currently working as assistant professor at the Chair for Renaissance and Baroque art. He was awarded research and study grants from the Croatian Ministry of Science, the Central European University in Budapest and the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. His research focuses on 17th and 18th century visual arts, especially sculpture, and the problems of patronship and iconography.

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In 1556, a house in Bologna, in via Centotrecento, was bought by the members of the Illyrian-Hungarian College to serve as permanent seat of the institution founded in 1553. After a series of lesser interventions, this building was considerably enlarged and remodelled from 1690 to 1701. The author of this project was Bolognese architect Giovanni Battista Torri, who based the design on the model of the famous Collegio di Spagna, built in the same university town more than three centuries earlier (1365-1367). This article is the first to investigate the architectural history of the Illyrian-Hungarian College by drawing on a large body of archival material.


Collegio Illirico-Ungarico, architecture, Bolognese colleges, Giovanni Battista and Giuseppe Antonio Torri