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Poet, diplomat, and politician, Nikola Bunić was born in Dubrovnik in 1635. Bunić held the highest functions within the Dubrovnik Republic and served as its Rector three times. When the great earthquake of 1667 devastated Dubrovnik, Bunić excelled in restoring order to the city, preserving the treasury, and organizing the government. However, he is most remembered for his extraordinary and brave diplomatic services. During his last diplomatic mission, he became a hostage and yet refused to betray Dubrovnik, which lead to his demise. His service and bravery were described by many poets of the time. The Republic paid him homage by erecting his commemoration plaque, one among three that were ever set in memory of individuals in the Republic.
Golden Triptychs at the Gates of Time
Nikola Božidarević, known also as Nicholas of Ragusa, was a famous Dubrovnik painter, born around 1460. His life path took him from a modest village to a life of prominence and affluence. His hard-working character and high demand for his creations are well documented in Dubrovnik City Archives which keep traces of numerous contracts for his works. Though many of Božidarević’s paintings – frescos, polyptychs, and triptychs – have not been preserved, some still adorn the Dominican Monastery and church, as well as the Franciscan church on the Island of Lopud. In all that matters, his style reflects a true threshold between gothic and renaissance
Elegant Numbers from an Elegant Time
A true Renaissance man, Benedikt Kotruljević was a Dubrovnik merchant, economist, scientist, diplomat, and humanist. Born in 1416 in Dubrovnik, known abroad as Benedetto Cotrugli, he spent 15 years in Republic’s diplomatic service at one of the liveliest European courts of the time, in Naples. The earliest extant copy of his Book on the Art of Trade is kept in the National Library of Malta and is dated 1475. The book’s text is followed by an appendix containing many entries that lay out the basics of the modern double-entry bookkeeping system, thus predating the famous Luca Pacioli’s explanation of the same model that became the basis of modem banking and accountancy.
Ode to timeless virtue and beauty
Lyric poet, born in Dubrovnik in 1552 to a prominent merchant family, Cvijeta Zuzorić was a daughter of Frano Zuzori and Marina Radagli. Early in her childhood, she moved with her parents to Ancona, where she received an excellent education. Upon her marriage to Florentine nobleman, merchant, and diplomat Bartolomeo Pescioni who had been Florentine consul in the Dubrovnik Republic, she moved back to Dubrovnik, where she quickly became the center of artistic and intellectual circles. Cvijeta Zuzorić regularly invited numerous artists and authors to her house, home to a widely known literary academy. An exceptionally intelligent and beautiful woman, she wrote excellent epigrams and gentle poems. Cvijeta’s virtues and beauty were celebrated in countless poems, including by the famous Italian poet Torquato Tasso. Her great friend Nikola Vitov Gučetić described her physical and spiritual beauty in his famous philosophical work on love, a treatise on the Meteors of Aristotle.
The most famous Dubrovnik’s sea captain of all times, Miho Pracat was born on the island of Lopud in 1522. Diligent and hard-working, Miho Pracat acquired a substantial merchant fleet and became a trusted banker. In one of the well-known episodes of Dubrovnik’s history, Pracat broke the naval blockade of Spain and brought King Carlo V wheat for his starving population. When asked what he wishes to receive as a reward for this daring enterprise, Pracat said he desires no riches or titles, just the handkerchief that King used that very morning for shaving. Famed for his philanthropy, Pracat used to buy back Dubrovnik sailors that ended up in Ottoman slavery, gave donations to orphanages, and in his last will bequeathed all of his substantial riches to charities. Though the laws of the Dubrovnik Republic allowed only the sculptures of saints and mythical creatures, Pracat became the only exemption to this rule. His statue was installed in Rector’s Palace, where it stands to this day.
Mind like a blade, heart of an angel
Scientist Marino Getaldić was born in Dubrovnik in 1568. As one of his children of Maro Getaldić and Anica Restić. One of the top European mathematicians and physicists of his time, Getaldić studied in Italy, England, and Belgium, making a significant contribution to algebra and optics and befriending many famous scientists, including Galileo Galilei. His parabolic mirror, today kept in the London National Maritime Museum, hides a peculiar story. Getaldić is known to run optic experiments in a cave on his family estate. The optical effect visible from the outside of the cave prompted unusual stories among the city folk that considered the scientist to be a cave wizard. Testifying the scientist’s fervent dedication to mathematics and scientific research, Getaldić’s friend, Venetian scientists and Theologian Scarpi wrote: In mathematics, he was like a tireless daemon, but his heart was that of an angel.