Janez Vajkard Valvasor Foundation

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Fundacija Janez Vajkard Valvasor
Novi trg 3, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 470 6100
Fax386 (0) 1 425 3423, 386 (0) 1 425 3439
ProprietorSlovene Academy of Sciences and Arts (SAZU)
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Established in February 2001 within the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts (SAZU), the Janez Vajkard Valvasor Foundation promotes the research and preservation of the Slovene cultural heritage. It does so by reproducing old books, manuscripts, and documents of historical value, often in limited editions, though many have been donated to public libraries so as to facilitate their accessibility to a wider public. Notable among the facsimiles published by the foundation are the Album of the Ljubljana Noble Society of St Dismas, a document on the aristocracy and their arts during the Baroque period with added commentary and a Slovenian translation, and Iconotheca Valvasoriana, which comprises 7752 prints by various artists rendering a wide range of motifs.

Iconotheca Valvasoriana

At the very end of 2009 a facsimile edition of the Iconotheca Valvasoriana was published by the Janez Vajkard Valvasor Foundation at the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts (SAZU) in 17 volumes. They have been donated to the National Gallery of Slovenia by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia.

Prints, drawings and watercolours of various formats, which Valvasor bought on his travels across Europe between 1659 and 1672, and had bound into eighteen books (today one lost), were arranged by the author according to technique, the artist's ethnic origin and themes: depictions of the Old and New Testament, images of saints, antique motifs and diverse secular genre scenes, portraits, coats-of-arms, vedute, maps, as well as the animal and plant kingdom. Among them are works by Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach, Martin Schongauer, Jacques Callot, as well as other European masters of the 16th and 17th century.

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