It is believed that Julius Klović was the best artist of his profession in the world during the High Renaissance, which is why he is called the “Michelangelo of Miniature”.
On this day one of the most famous Croatian artists in history died. He was a miniaturist and illuminator by profession and it is believed that he was the best artist in that field in the world during the High Renaissance, which is why he is called the “Michelangelo of Miniature”.
Julius Klović was born in Grižane on the Croatian Littoral. He studied painting in Venice under Raphael’s pupil Giulio Romano. He came into contact with many famous artists of the period, like Pieter Bruegel and Michelangelo. The famous Spanish painter of Greek origin, El Greco, painted two portraits of Klović. He considered him his role model and an artist that can be compared with Titian, Raphael, and Michelangelo.
Klović died on this day in 1578 in Rome, at the age of 80. He was buried in the famous church of St. Peter in Chains in Rome (San Pietro in Vincoli), not far from Michelangelo’s famous sculpture of Moses.