When you were researching what to visit during your vacation in Split, you have probably seen photos of the Grgur Ninski monument near the Golden Gate of the Diocletian’s Palace. This huge statue is most interesting on the golden toe that brings happiness to anyone touched. The author of this work is one of the most important Croatian artists Ivan Meštrović. Numerous artist’s masterpieces are located just a few kilometers from the center of Split, in the Ivan Meštrović Gallery. Especially if you are a fan of art, then you must visit this attraction.
This impressive villa is located below the Park Marjan (read more about it here) with a beautiful view of the sea and islands. The entrance to the building is located on the south side. There is a large wall with a main entrance door and 2 auxiliary buildings. The main building is symmetrical and the 2 wings of the building are connected by a beautiful porch with high Ionic columns.
This gallery is dedicated to preserving and promoting the work and life of this artist. The ground floor is dominated by the exhibition hall on the east side with the sculptures of Adam and Eve. On the first floor, you will find numerous statues under the influence of the Secession, Art Deco, and Impressionism. This whole sculpture set is complemented by Meštrović’s drawings.
However, originally villa was built by Meštrović himself from 1931 to 1939. Except for the villa, according to the instructions of Ivan Meštrović, it is regulated the garden horticulture. However, his family enjoyed little living in it, more precisely until the beginning of the war. After that, the villa was given to the Croatian people.
This space has not only gallery purposes. Musical and theatrical events are often held here. Also, the wedding venue is often more frequent.