Ivan Mestrovic: The Making of a Master

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Discovered by a master stonemason at the age of 16 in a small village in the hills above the Dalmation coast in what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Mestrovic trained at the Art Academy in Vienna, and went on to exhibit his work in Paris, Belgrade, Rome and across the US. His work in bronze and stone, adopting the Art Noveau style, was feted by the likes of Auguste Rodin. Probably his most famous works are the gargantuan Gregory of Nin, and The Victor, but he also produced a great many other monumental sculptures with themes drawn from epic moments in Slavic History.

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Maria Mestrovic, the daughter of the Ivan Mestrovic, lives and writes in Argentina. She is fluent in six languages.

Christopher Cviic, born in Croatia and educated at the Universities of Zagreb, London and Oxford, has lived in England since 1954, pursuing a distinguished career as a journalist and broadcaster on Balkan affairs.

Marcus Tanner, who worked closely with the author on preparing this material and edited this biography, was The Independent's Balkans correspondent from 1988 to 1994, covering the collapse of the former Yugoslavia and the fall of communism in Romania and Bulgaria. From 1995 to 2000, he was assistant foreign editor of The Independent.

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