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"The Architectural History of the Illyrian-Hungarian College in Bologna" by Danko Šourek
RIHA Journal – new article online!

Bologna, Collegio Venturoli, ex-Collegio Illirico-Ungarico, courtyard (view from the east), 1690-1702, architect: Giovanni Battista Torri (photograph: Danko Šourek, 2018)


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 1690-1701. 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.


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RIHA Journal is the eJournal of the International Association of Research Institutes in the History of Art. RIHA Journal's managing editor is based at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich.