utorak, 15. kolovoza 2017.

Lado (drawing of the day/ crtež dana)

Hello everyone! Have I ever talked to you about my love for folklore? I've always been keen on exploring folklore dresses and costumes, mostly because I find them to be very inspirational. In my view, folklore is one of the best fashion inspiration out there. The diversity and the beauty of international folklore dresses and costumes is enough to leave anyone impressed. Here I illustrated one of Croatian national costumes ( we have a lot of them), worn by Croatian national folklore dance ensemble Lado. As a reference for this drawing, I used a photograph from Lado's official catalog. The medium is coloured pencils on papers.

Zdravo svima! Jesam li sa vama ikada pričala o svojoj ljubavi  prema folkloru? Uvijek sam voljela istraživati folklorne nošnje i kostime, većinom zato jer su mi toliko nadahnjujući. Po mome mišljenu, folklor je jedno od najboljih modnih nadahnuća koji postoji. Raznolikost i ljepota međunarodnih folklornih nošnji i kostima je dovoljna da svakoga ostavi zadivljenim. Ovdje sam ilustrirala jednu od hrvatskih narodnih nošnji (imamo ih puno), kako su ga nosile djevojke iz hrvatskoga ansambla narodnih plesova i pjesama. Kao referencu za ovaj crtež , koristila sam fotografiju iz Ladovoga službenoga kataloga. Medij su bojice na papiru. 

#modaodaradosti #art

#modaodaradosti #workinprocess

#croatia #modaodaradosti #hrvatska


#illustration #folkloredress

ponedjeljak, 14. kolovoza 2017.

How to select an ideal dress for a special occasion?

When selecting an ideal dress for yourself, there are many factors that need to be taken into a consideration. For instance, you need to consider the occasion you're getting dressed for. If it is a a formal or  a festive occasion, it will require a dress that is more formal and festive. There are events that require us to get dressed up. The advantage of such events is that they often give us an opportunity to feel like a princess. Who doesn't enjoy getting dressed up- at least once in a while? The only thing that sometimes presents a challenge is choosing the perfect dress.

To help yourself narrow down the choice of the perfect dress, you can think in practical terms. What colour suits you best? What colour is best for your skin type? What kind of cut is flattering on you? Answering these questions can help you narrow down your choice. Besides these practical questions, another important thing to consider is what you would actually like to wear. What kind of dress makes you feel great? 

Trends are fun to follow, but if some trend doesn't feel right, you should forget it and go for what you want. Sometimes a more classical dress and cut is what will make you happy.  We all have our personal style and aesthetics. Some people swear by the timeless elegance of black, while others prefer bright or pastel colours. Our mood is an important factor as well. 

In the end, when selecting a dress for any special occasion, you need to think what kind of dress will make you feel beautiful and comfortableHere I presented you with my selection from Homecoming 2017 dresses  . If you're looking for Cheap Homecoming dresses , feel free to check out  hellohomecoming.com site as they offer a wide selection of dresses.

What is an ideal dress for you? Do you have an all time classic- some cut or colour that you always prefer or do you pick a dress according to your mood? What does your choice of colour depend on? Do you have a colour you prefer? Do you consider trends when you're choosing a dress? What do you think is the most important thing for choosing an ideal dress for ourselves?

četvrtak, 10. kolovoza 2017.

10 Things You May Not Know About St. Peter's Dome in Vacation, Rome (Italy)

The Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica dominates the skyline of Rome city. Indeed, while taking in Rome’s magnificent panorama, it is hard to miss it. All for the better, for it is hard to imagine that anyone would want to miss such a pretty sight. 

The Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica is, undoubtedly, one of the most impressive sights in Rome. Considering the amount of breath-taking wonders that this eternal city can boast of, that is saying something.

 Recently I have finished a new oil painting that was inspired by St. Peter's Dome in Vacation. Hence today (besides sharing this new painting of mine), I would like to share some lesser know facts about Dome of Saint Peter. This masterpiece of architecture is certainly worth a study. So, here are ten interesting facts about the St. Peter’s Basilica Dome.

Ten interesting facts about the St. Peter’s Basilica Dome

                                                                           #FACT 1

Michelangelo is known as the designer of the Dome and rightfully so, but he was hardly the only man who contributed to it. In fact, Michelangelo followed in the footsteps of Bramante and Sangallo.

 Bramante was the architect chosen for the job when Pope Julius decided to build the grandest church in Christendom. Pope Julius set the stone for it in 1506. At the time, there were only 3 large domes in existence. One of them was located in faraway Constantinople (church Hagia Sofia) so the architects lacked the opportunity to study it. However, the other two, Pantheon in immediate vicinity and the famous Dome in Florence, were easily available for study. Bramante, as did the other architects, studied both the Pantheon and the Dome of Florence. He had planned for the Dome to be as wide as that of the doom Florence and even taller. While he was studying the Pantheon, Bramante even learned to mix concrete in the way the ancient Romans did it, so that it wouldn’t be too heavy.  It is said that Bramante designed the Dome with Pantheon with mind, but with the elements from Dome of Florence, for example he added the little stone tower that would stand at the top of the Dome and be called lantern. When Pope Julius died, Pope Leo X appointed three architects to work on the Basilica: Guiliano da Sangallo, Fra Giocondo and Raphael. After Raphael died, Sangallo made changes to Bramante’s design of the Dome. Sangallo designed the Dome to be much stronger and made plans for the elaborative decoration of the Dome but the most important thing that he did was to take care of the piers that started to crack. Sangallo’s plans for the design of the Dome were never put into action. In the end, it was up to Michelangelo to make the great design. 


Michelangelo consulted the work of his predecessors, but he made his own designs.  When he decided to take upon himself to create the Dome, Michelangelo sought to harmonize it with design of the Basilica. 

Michelangelo designed the Dome with two shells instead of one, because of the fact that a high dome looks better from outside and the lower one from inside. This way he was able to make the best of both worlds while also allowing a place for a gap within the two. This gap is equipped with stairs that people could use to repair the Dome. The same sense of aesthetic that guided Michelangelo work on St. Peter’s Basilica can be seen in the Dome. It remains unclear whether today’s Dome is exactly the way Michelangelo imagined it to be, but he is still considered its main designer. It has often been noted that the Dome and the church exist in perfect harmony. We can’t really blame Michelangelo for the structural problem the Dome faced (and that was fortunately fixed in time) because the Dome itself was a ground-breaking and pioneer work. It was a feet of courage, creative and artistry. It is said that Michelangelo was mostly inspired by Pantheon and the Dome of Florence. There were even rumours that bronze from Pantheon was used in the construction of the Dome, which surely enough lead to criticism.

                                                                       # FACT 3

The Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica was one of the latter works of Michelangelo, thus it enabled him to use of all of his vast experience. He was 71 years old when he started working on the Dome and he laboured on it until his death

Unfortunately, Michelangelo died before he could complete the Dome. When he died, the construction stopped at the drum of the dome.[1]   Eventually, the Dome was finished 26 years later (in 1590) by Giacamo della Porta and Domenico Fortuna.[2] During his life, Michelangelo identified himself primarily as a sculptor. It is said that his imagination of a sculptor was a defining influence on his architectural works. He imagined buildings as clay that can be shaped. Supposedly, he even found it difficult to work with the popes, but accepted the challenging job mainly for religious reasons. Nevertheless, with both the St. Peter’s Basilica and the Dome of St. Peter, Michelangelo proved that he was also an amazing architect.  Michelangelo had worked on The Dome until the day he died, which proves how important it was to him. In many ways, it is only just that he is considered the mastermind behind the Dome. 


Michelangelo’s Dome wasn’t finished when he died in year 1564. For a while, the work on it was suspended. It was in 1588  that energetic Pope Sixtus, who came to be known as the first modern urbanist, appointed Giacamo della Porta and Domenico Fortuna to finish the Dome. 

 Porta was one of Michelangelo’s pupils. He did his best to fulfil the vision of his great master, but he also insisted on making some changes in Michelangelo’s design. Porta argued for the top of the Dome to be altered. His idea of vertically elliptical profile was eventually accepted and it proved beneficial due to structural reasons. Some argue that Michelangelo himself might have made this suggestion before his death, but generally this change is attributed to Porta, who supposedly had more scientific knowledge than Michelangelo.[1] To finish this important project, Giacamo della Porta also collaborated with Domenico Fontana, another well-known Italian architect/engineer of this period who is perhaps best known for his feat of erecting a 320 ton obelisk on the Square of Saint Peter.  The two of them managed to see the construction of Dome through. Fontana and Porta made the changes where changes were necessary, thus reducing the tensile stress in the Dome by 40 percent. The Dome was finally build up to the base of the lantern in 1590, a few months prior to Pope Sixtus’ death.  The lantern and the lead covering were completed later. The Dome didn’t achieved its signature look until the cross was put on it in 1592.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Peter%27s_Basilica

# FACT 5

There was one major crisis in the life of Dome. Because of its enormous size, it faced the risk of falling down. 

Interestingly, this beautiful symbol of Rome was, at one point, seriously endangered. The Dome was designed beautifully, but the design lacked precision and expertise that today’s technology enables. Back then, there were no programs that architects could use to calculate the risk and prevent cracks. In other words, the Dome nearly collapsed due to structural problems. In fact, by the eighteen century a crack had been discovered. Pope Benedict XIV consulted numerous experts, but it was not until he found the right man that the problem was solved. The man who saved the Dome from collapsing was a Croatian Jesuit, polymath and mathematician Roger Joseph Boskovich. This known scholar, who according to many pathed the way for the theory of atom, solved many construction problems during his life. Fortunately, Boskovich was also able to foresee to the structural problem of Saint Peter’s Dome. In 1742, Roger Joseph Boskovich was consulted on the matter. He suggested placing five concentric iron bands to support its structure. Pope Benedict XVI accepted Boskovich’s preposition. Thus, the Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica was saved. [1]


The Dome’s size is impressive even for today’s standards. The top of the Dome is a staggering 448.1 feet (136 meters) tall. Interestingly enough, Saint Peter’s Dome still holds the title of the tallest Dome in the world.[1] 

The Dome’s internal diameter is equally impressive- 136. 1 feet (41.47 m). Even today, the Dome is one of the largest in the world. At the time of its completion, it was the largest Dome in the world. Its diameter is only slightly smaller of the Pantheon, on whom it was supposedly modelled. The Dome is beautifully decorated. The two inscriptions on the Dome are easily read because they are written in letters that are 6.6 feet (2 meters) tall.  These inscriptions, written in Latin, state the following: ‘You are Peter and on this rock I will build my church….I will give you the keys of Heaven….’ None the less magnificent is the church within which the Dome is placed, that is Saint Peter’s Basilica, considered by many to be the greatest church in Christianity. Protected by UNESCO and regarded as a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture, one could add that St. Peter’s Basilica seems more than worthy of such a glorious Dome. Together they make for a perfect pairing. Covering 2.3 hectares (5.7 acres) St. Peter’s Basilica is certainly one of the largest Christian churches, if not the largest. None withstanding its size, the Dome is said to dominate the church, both internally and externally.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Peter%27s_Basilica


The Dome, together with the Basilica itself, meet with heavy criticism because of its huge expense. 

As it is easy to imagine, a lot of money was needed to build such architectural wonders. One of the methods employed for collecting the money needed for construction was the infamous ‘granting of indulgences’. To say that the financing of construction of Basilica and the Dome gave rise to rebellion that in turned lead to Protestantism would perhaps be pushing it too far, yet it was one of the factors. Moreover, it is certain that the practice of ‘granting indulgences’ used for financing the Basilica and its Dome was one of the things that inspired Martin’s Luther rebellion. [1]

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Peter%27s_Basilica


This Dome was used as a model for other Western domes in the world. It could even be said that it set standard for domes worldwide.

 It is said to have inspired numerous domes, including that of Les Invalides in Paris. Thomas U. Walter, the architect that designed the Dome for the Capitol building, is said to have been inspired by the Dome he saw when he visited Les Invalides in Paris. Consequently, it can be said that the Dome of the Capitol building in Washington follows in the tradition of Dome of Saint Peter. What is certain is that St. Peter’s Dome was and remains an architectural wonder. [1]There was one major crisis in the life of Dome. Because of its enormous size, it faced the risk of falling down. Interestingly, this beautiful symbol of Rome was, at one point, seriously endangered. The Dome was designed beautifully, but the design lacked precision and expertise that today’s technology enables. Back then, there were no programs that architects could use to calculate the risk and prevent cracks. In other words, the Dome nearly collapsed due to structural problems. In fact, by the eighteen century a crack had been discovered. Pope Benedict XIV consulted numerous experts, but it was not until he found the right man that the problem was solved. The man who saved the Dome from collapsing was a Croatian Jesuit, polymath and mathematician Roger Joseph Boskovich. This known scholar, who according to many pathed the way for the theory of atom, solved many construction problems during his life. Fortunately, Boskovich was also able to foresee to the structural problem of Saint Peter’s Dome. In 1742, Roger Joseph Boskovich was consulted on the matter. He suggested placing five concentric iron bands to support its structure. Pope Benedict XVI accepted Boskovich’s preposition. Thus, the Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica was saved. [2]

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Capitol

# FACT 9

One of the most fascinating way to observe the Dome is to experience the optical illusion at Via Niccolo Piccolomini. 

If you choose to visit this street you can experience the optical illusion of the Doom appearing closer as you move away from it and vice versa. Equally interesting is the view of Dome through one keyhole. If you want to see the Dome through the keyhole all you have to do is visit Villa Del Priorato di Malta and peep through that keyhole. Besides, that famous keyhole view, this Villa offers an enchanting view of the city. Additionally, you can enjoy a stroll in the beautiful garden the Villa is famous for. 

#FACT 10

If you want to visit the Dome itself, you'll have to climb a lot of stairs (or get someone to carry you all the way). 

As it was explained in this article, St. Peter's Dome can be seen and experienced in many ways. Nevertheless, to get a precise feel of it, perhaps it is the best to visit this Dome itself. The Dome is open to all visitors on daily basis. So, in case you’re not content with seeing it from afar or even with glazing at it from directly under (once you find yourself within Saint Peter’s Basilica), you can always walk all the way to the top and get a detailed view of its beauty. There are 491 (narrow) stairs leading to the top, so it is a long climb, but the experience is said to be well worth the climb. There is also a small fee that needs to be paid if you want to climb those stairs, so be sure to bring some change.

utorak, 8. kolovoza 2017.

Summer fashion illustration (swimwear )- Ljetna modna ilustracija (kupaći kostim)

Today I'm back with another swimwear fashion illustration. Well, actually it is more a sketch, but I like how it turned out. Lately I've been feeling inspired to draw swimsuits. Maybe it is because of the fact that I haven't had a single beach day this Summer, so I'm lusting after seaside. It is almost mid August and I haven't as much as dipped my toe in the sea. Lucky me, ha? Anyhow, this time I illustrated a green one piece swimsuit. The medium is coloured pencils on printing paper (not the best option, but I've been too sick to go to the art store).

Danas sam opet tu s još jednom modnom ilustracijom kupaćega kostima. Zapravo je više kao skica, ali sviđa mi se kako je ispala. U zadnje vrijeme me hvata inspiracija za crtanje kostima. Možda je to zbog toga her nisam ovo ljeto nijedan dan bila na plaži. Skoro je sredina kolovoza, a ja nisam ni smočila prst u more. Baš imam sreće ove godine. Uglavnom, ovaj put sam ilustrirala jednodijelni zeleni kupaći kosti,. Medij su bojice na običnom papiru za printanje (nije najbolje opcija, ali bila sam prebolesna da odem u dućan).

ponedjeljak, 7. kolovoza 2017.

Fashion illustration of the day- a two piece / Modna ilustracija dana - dvodijelni

Sorry for the long absence, I was ill. Today I will just share this drawing of a swimsuit (that I made about a month ago). I'm not sure when I will manage to get back to regular posting. I'm behind on everything, but well- that's life.

Oprostite što me dugo nije bilo, bila sam bolesna. Danas ću samo podijetiti ovaj crtež kupaćega (koji sam nacrtala prije otprilike mjesec dana). Nisam sigurna kada ću se vratiti redovitom objavljivanju. U zaustaku sam sa svime, ali što se može-takav je život. 



#modnailustracija #kupaći #bojice

utorak, 11. srpnja 2017.

Illustrations of the day (purple marker) / Ilustracije dana (ljubičasti marker)

Markers are not my favourite media, but sometimes it is good to challenge one's self. Working with just one marker is obviously limiting, but it is also kind of interesting. These monochrome illustrations turned out alright. Not my thing, but I'm glad I tried it. Anyhow, once I read somewhere that limitations can be really freeing- and  life proved it to me, over and over again. Sometimes it takes a limitation of some kind to make us realize how much is really out there for us to utilize.

Markeri mi i nisu najdraži medij, ali nekad je dobro uzeti nešto kao izazov. Crtati sa samo jednim markerom je očito ograničenje, ali je i nekako zanimljivo. Ove monokromatske ilustracije nisu loše ispale. Nije za mene, ali drago mi je da sam i to probala. Jednom sam negdje pročitala da ograničenja mogu oslobođavati- a puno puta život mi je baš to pokazao. Ponekad nam je potrebno neko ograničenje da shvatimo koliko toga doista ima čime se možemo koristiti. 


petak, 7. srpnja 2017.

Inspired by.... Tijana

This drawing was inspired by Tijana from fashion abejita. The medium is pencil on paper. 

Ovaj crtež je nadahnut Tijanom sa bloga fashion abejita. Medij je olovka na papiru. 





ponedjeljak, 3. srpnja 2017.

Slušaj i gledaj Latice, Latica Ivanišević (ogled knjige) Listen and observe, Latica (book review)

EN Latica  Ivanishevich, a Croatian artist, was born in Zagreb during forties ( in 1942 to be precise).  In Croatia, Latica is known primarily for her work as a costume and stage designer. However, Latica  has also exhibited on her own (jewellerly and art).  This book feels a bit like ears-dropping on a family conversation. Seeing the cover and this lovely photograph of Latica Ivanishevich, you might jump to the conclusion that this is a book about her. That is, however, not the case. She is certainly the author of the book, but this book is neither her autobiography, or her memoir. This is a book about her family. Moreover, it not just about immediate family (her parents, grandparents) but about many other important members of her family. In addition, many historical and political figures are mentioned. The title of the book is a reference to the way she was raised. As Latica said in an  interview for Nacional:

"Our home was frequented by some of the greatest artist and intellectuals of the time, from Jure Kashtelan to Tin Ujevich, and they would speak with my father until the break of dawn. My mother used to say: " Listen to them, until you fall asleep, that's the best school life can offer to you!". She would make a bed for me near the door and I would soak in their conversations. My father took me on long walks and said to me: "Look, Latica, look above, there you will find fascinating things!" He would set me free, showing me the sky, the windows, the architecture....He took me to the Sava river, to introvert Ervin Shinko and Vladimir Nazor, to the salon (atelier) of Motika and Paravich. During the weekends we would visit the modern gallery. They (my parents) taught me to observe and listen. That is why I have named my book: "Listen and observe, Latica!"

HR Latica Ivanišević, hrvatska umjetnica, je rođena u Zagrebu četrdesetih godina (preciznije 1942. ) Latica je najviše poznata po svom  kosimografskom i scenografskom radu , ali je i samostalno izlagala svoj nakit i slike. Čitanje ove knjige pomalo sliči prisluškivanju obiteljskoga razgovora. Kad pogledate ovu lijepu naslovnicu i divnu sliku same Latice, mogli biste zaključiti da je ovo knjiga o njoj, ali bili biste u krivu. Ona je svakako autorica ove knjige, ali ovo nije njena autobiografija ili memoar. Ovo je knjiga o njenoj obitelji. To nije knjiga samo o njenoj bližoj obitelji, već i o svim važnim članovima njene daljnje obitelji, a u samoj knjizi spominju se brojne povijesne i političke ličnosti toga doba. Naziv ove knjige je odraz njena odgoja,  naime tu joj je rečenicu ( Slušaj,  Latice!) majka Inez često govorila kada je bila Latica bila dijete, davajući joj poticaj da koristi svaku priliku za učenje. Tako je Latica mogla slušati razgovore poznatih intelektualaca i pisaca koji su pohodili njen obiteljski dom. Ines bi poticala kćer da prisluškuje razgovore jer kao što je rekla- to joj je najbolja škola. Ovako je svoj odgoj opisala sama Latica u razgovoru za Nacional, a sličan opis se daje i u knjizi:

"- U naš dom dolazili su neki od najvećih umjetnika i intelektulaca onoga vremena, od Jure Kaštelana do Tina Ujevića, koji su s ocem razgovarali do jutra. Majka mi je govorila: "Slušaj ih, dok ti glava ne padne, to ti je najveće škola!" Napravila mi je krevet pokraj vrata i ja sam upijala njihove razgovore. A otac me vodio u šetnje i govorio mi: "Gledaj, Latice, gledaj gore, ondje su fascinacije!" On me je oslobađao i pokazivao mi nebo, prozore, arhitekturu... Vodio me na Savu, k introvertiranom Ervinu Šinku i Vladimiru Nazoru, u ateljee k Motiki i Paraću, a nedjeljom smo posjećivali Modernu galeriju. Učili su me gledati i slušati i zato sam knjigu nazvala "Slušaj i gledaj, Latice". 


ogled knjige

To put it simply, this book is a story about one well known intellectual /artistic family from Zagreb. It is neither a history book nor is it a memoir, but something in-between. This book feels more like a collection of reflections than a classical memoir or a family saga. Perhaps it would be best described a family collage. The main narrator is Latica Ivanishevich, daughter of Croatian poet/artist/ academic Drago Ivanishevich and choreographer/artist/ dance teacher Ines Ivanishevich whose maiden name was Shilovich- and whose family is very much part of this book.

 Latica is the author of this book, but there are also other (narrative ) voices (from this family). The book actually opens with letters from Latica's grandmother Irena. Her grandmother wrote those letters to her parents while she was a student in Vienna. It was wonderful reading these letters from the start of the last century. Funny how much of myself I could find in the meditations of this young girl written at the start of the twentieth century! The next narrator is doctor Srechko Shilovich who writes letters from South America to which he had to flee the country for political prosecution.

These letters (or articles) were written in a manner of a travelling diary and it is quite possible they were intended for publications in newspapers. Despite all the difficulties Shilovich encounters settling on that content, his writing is filled with humour and funny episodes. Until he managed to establish his reputation as a doctor, his family survived eating only oranges from an orange tree that was planted in the garden of house they bought. Instead of being bitter about it, the whole family laughed about it- and they claim those oranges were delicious, very nutritive and had to be eaten with a spoon. People obviously didn't complain as much in the old days!

Najjasnije bi se moglo reći:ova knjiga je priča o poznatoj zagrebačkoj intelektualnoj i umjetničkoj obitelji. To nije ni povijesna knjiga ni memoar, već nešto što se čini više kao skup refleksija ili obiteljski kolaž. Glavni pripovjedač djela je Latica Ivanišević, kćer hvatskoga pjesnika i akademika Drage Ivaniševića i  koreografkinje i učiteljice plesa Ines Ivanišević, čije je djevojačko prezime bilo Šilović, a priča njezine obitelji Šilović važan je dio ove knjige. 

Osim pripovijedanja same Latice,  pristutni su i drugi obiteljski narativni glasovi. Knjigu zapravo okrivaju pisma Laticine bake Irene. Njena baka je napisala ta pisma svojim roditeljima dok je studirala u Beču. Bilo je divno čitati ta pisana s početka prošloga stoljeća. Neobično koliko sam sebe mogla prepoznati u razmišljanjima te mlade djevojke s početka dvadesetoga stoljeća! Sljedeći pripovijedać je Srećko Šilović koji piše pisma iz Južne Amerike u koju je morao pobjeći iz političkih ratloga. 

Ta su pisma (ili članci?) pisana u maniri putopisa, a sasvim je moguće da su bila i pripremljena za objavu u novinama. Unatoč svim teškoćama koje je Srećko Šilović susreo tražeći dom na tom kontentu, njegovo pisanje je puno humora i smiješnih epizoda. Dok nije uspio izgraditi ugled kao doktor, njegova je obitelj preživljacala jedući samo naranče sa stabla naranče koje je bilo u vrtu kuće koju su kupili. Umjesto da budu ogorčeni oko toga, cijela obitelj se tomu smijala- i tvrde da su te naranče bile jako ukusne, hranjive i da su je morale jesti žlicom. Očito su se ljudi nekad puno manje žalili. 

 Latica Ivanišević, Slušaj i gledaj Latice

In general, there is not much complaining in this book. I never had a feeling there was a narrator who felt sorry for themselves- they seem to be willing to take whatever life throws at them. Considering that we're talking about a wealthy family who (more than once) lost everything they had, that says something about their character. In addition, some members of this family lost their lives due to their partisan/ political activities.  All the cultural shifts and ideological struggles are reflected on the life of this family, some less, some more tragically. A quite large part of this book is narrated by Ines, Latica's mother, an artist and ballerina in her own right. Ines Ivanishevich has had a very interesting life. Not that many people  know and remember that she was the first director of Lado. This book covers time period from the early 2o th century to present times, but the main focus is on the Second World War (probably because all the family members were known communist and partisans).

Općenito, u samoj knjizi nema puno žaljenja. Nisam primijetila nikakvo samosažaljevanje i čini mi se da su svi pripovijedači spremni prihvatiti sve što im život pripremi. S obzirom da se ovdje radi o bogatoj obitelji, koja je više nego jednom, izgubila sve što je imala, to nešto govori o njihovom karakteru. Uz to, neki su članovi ove obitelji izgubili svoje živote zbog svoga političkoga/ partizanskoga djelovanja. Sve kulturne promjene i ideološke borbe su se reflektirale na život ove obitelji, neke više, a neke manje tragično. Dosta velik dio knjige pripovijeda Ines, Latičina majka, umjetnica, pedagoška djelatnica i balerina. Ines Ivanišević je imala veoma zanimljiv život, a puno ljudi se danas i ne sjeća da je ona bila prva direktorica Lada.  Sama knjiga pokriva vremenski period od početka prošloga stoljeća do modernih vremena, ali većinom je usredotočena na drugi svjetski rad (vjerovatno jer su svi članovi obitelji bili istaknuti komunisti i partizani).


On goodreads I gave it four (out of five) stars  because I found it extremely interesting. Perhaps I would give it 3 stars if I was trying to be really objective and strict, but there is no need for that- I liked it and that is that. I've always loved history and I feel like this book has given me historical insight into those turbulent times from a more humane point of view.  What probably fascinated me the most were those intimate details about well known Croatian writers ( and painters). It was interesting to see them as real people, not as larger than life figures. 

  Dala sam joj četiri zvjezdice na goodreads-u jer mi je bila veoma zanimljiva. Kada bi pokušala biti objektivnija, možda bi joj dala i tri zvjezdice (dobra, ali ne odlična knjiga) no mislim da imam pravo na svoje osobno mišljenje, svidjela mi se i to je to. Uvijek sam voljela povijest i osjećam da mi je ova knjiga dala  uvid u povijest tih turbuletnih vremena iz neke više ljudske dimenzije. Vjerovatno je meni osobno bilo najzanimljivije čitati te neke osobne detalje o hrvatskim piscima (i slikarima), bilo ih je fascinatno vidjeti kao osobe od krvi i mesa, a ne kao neke mitske figure ( za mene kao kroatista oni su uvijek bili upravo to- mitske figure) .


That being said, I'm aware that this book won't appeal to everyone. There are almost no footnotes and explanations. There are many photographs and letters included, but very little historical information or explanation. Unless you're well familiar with Croatian and Serbian intellectuals/ artists/ writers/ poets of that time, you probably won't be able to make heads of tails of it all. Names, names, names. A lot of international politicians are mentioned as well. At one point, you start to ask yourself---- Is there ANYONE this family didn't know? Apparently not. From Picasso to Modigliani, from Tito to Stalin, they had dealings with everyone. 

However, it didn't always end up well. This book has a fair share of tragedy and sadness, especially when it covers wars. Those parts of the book felt very honest but certain losses were not elaborated on, which is understandable from the human point of view, but if these losses were spoken of more, it would have had made the book feel more complete. Still, with its 600 pages, this book managed to cover a great deal. 

No, svjesna sam da se ova knjiga neće svidjeti svima. Skoro pa i nema fusnota i objašnjenja. Postoje fotografije i pisma, ali jako malo povijesnih podataka. Osim ako niste dobro upoznati s hrvatskim i srpskim intelektualcima, umjetnicima, piscima i pjesnicima toga doba, vjerojatno se u tomu svemu nećete najbolje snaći. Jako puno imena se ovdje spominje. Puno je međunarodnih političara također spomenuto. U nekom trenutku, upitate se- Postoji li ITKO koga ova obitelj nije poznavala? Izgleda da ne. Od Picassa do Modiglianija, od Tita to Staljina, sa svima su imali kontakte.

No, to nije uvijek dobro završilo. Ima dosta tuge i tragedije u ovoj knjizi, pogotovo kada priča o ratnom razdoblju. Ti su se dijelovi knjige činili dosta iskrenim- ali o nekim gubicima se zapravo jako malo govorilo što je razumljivo sa ljudske strane, ali opet knjiga bi bila potpunija da je bilo više riječi i o tome. Svejedno, sa svojih 600 stranica ova je knjiga doista uspjela dosta toga pokriti. 

The book could have been edited better. It would have helped if the chapters had been better marked (so that we can be sure who the narrator is). A bit more information about the narrators would be helpful as well. It is not a perfect book. On one hand, there was some repetition and yet, I had a feeling that some things were left unsaid. Good editing could have fixed that- but it is a big task. Because of this wideness, perhaps a book like this is bound to left many things unsaid. I still think it could have been organized a bit more clearly. It would have made the reading easier. 

However, I don't think we can hold it against the author who really had her work set out for her. Considering everything, I think she did a great job. With the help of her mother and family letters, she tells an epic story about several generations of her family, taking us from South America to Scandinavian countries, from Paris to Russia, from Italy to Croatia. The writing isn't poetical, nor does it flow absolutely effortlessly, but it is intelligent and fluent (natural) enough. 

Ova knjiga je mogla biti bolje uređena. Pomoglo bi kada bi poglavlja bila bolje označena (tako da u svakom trenutku možemo znati tko je pripovjedač. Malo više podataka o pripovijedačima bi isto bilo dobrodošlo.  Knjiga nije savršena. S jedne strane ima dosta ponavljanja, a opet se čini da su neke stvari ostale neizrečene. Bolje uređivanje bi to moglo popraviti- ali to je velik zadak.  Zbog svoje širine, možda ovakva knjiga i mora neke stvari ostaviti nedorečene. Svejedno mislim da je mogla biti bolje i jasnije organizirana. To bi olakšalo čitanje. 

Mislim da to i ne možemo zamjeriti autorici koja je imala jako puno posla. Kad se sve uzme u obzir, mislim da je napravila odličan posao. Uz pomoć svoje majke, priča tu epsku priče o svojoj obitelji koja nas vodi u razne zemlje Južne Amerike i Europe. Samo pisanje nije poetično i ne teče posve bez zastajanja, ali je inteligetno i dosta prirodno.

 I always feel a sense of responsibility when I'm the first person to review some book on goodreads or a similar site, although I'm aware that reviews like this one (that is not pretentious/ or professional ones) are bound to be subjective. I suppose that it can be argued that the fact that some work hasn't been reviewed yet is all the more reason to do it, but it still makes me a bit nervous.  I hope I managed to give you some indications about what kind of book this is. 

Uvijek osjećam neki osjećaj odgovornosti kada sam prva osoba koja piše ogled neke knjige pa bilo to na goodreads-u ili na nekom drugom mjestu, iako sam svjesna da su svi ogledi ove vrste ( amaterski i bez pretenzije profesionalnosti) kao takvi većinom posve subjektivni. Može se reći da činjenica kako neko djelo nema recenziju (osobno preferiram riječ ogled kada su u pitanju knjige) zapravo još dodatan razlog da se o njemu prvi piše, ali mene to ipak čini pomalo nervoznom. Nadam se da sam vam uspjela prenijeti o kakvoj se knjizi radi. 

 Latica Ivanišević, Slušaj i gledaj Latice

 Latica Ivanišević, Slušaj i gledaj Latice

"Krležini su bili moji prijatelji do kraja i moje razgovore s njima želim posebno opisati jer su duboko intimni. Dala sam nekoliko intervjua, ali uvijek sam govorila da ono što hoću reći nije za novine, to je za knjigu." Latica Ivanišević, Slušaj i gledaj Latice

" Mr. and Ms. Krleza were my friends until the end. The reason why I particularly want to describe my conversations with them  is because they were deeply intimate. I gave several interviews, but I always maintained that what I want to say is not for newspapers, it is best suited for a book." Latica Ivanishevich, Listen and observe, Latica

#roses #books


My final thoughts? It is a very interesting book that offers a wide range of historical information and anecdotes. How accurate is that information? Is it more a personal view of things? Well, I suppose it is up to us to discover. Since it is not a history book, I won't hold its subjectivity against it. This book made me want to do some historical research. Books that make us want to learn more are always good, right? This is an interesting glimpse into the last century and present century. In the history of this family and its dynamics, we can see reflected much of past European sorrows and happiness. 

Nekakav zaključak? Jako zanimljiva knjiga koja pruža pregršt povijesnih informacija i anegdota. Koliko je su sve one točne, a koliko su više neki osoban pogled, pa pretpostavljam da svatko može istraživati i donijeti za sebe te zaključke. S obzirom da se ne radi o povijesnoj knjizi, ne smeta mi njena subjektivnost. Ova knjiga je probudila u meni želju da malo pretresem povijest. Knjige koje nas potiču da učimo su uvijek dobre, zar ne? Ova je knjiga zanimljiv pogled u prošlo i sadašnje stoljeće. U povijesti ove obitelji i njenoj dinamici, možemo vidjeti kao u ogledalu, puno prošle europske tuge i sreće.