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The Leonardo Da Vinci of Croatia

Faust Vrančić was a famous humanist, inventor and bishop of the 16th Century. Some of his most famous works include Dictionary of the Five Most Noble European languages; and his influence on the Croatian and Hungarian language as well as literature.  

The Croatian and Hungarian embassy collaborated on this exhibition highlighting Faust Vrančić, in showing their respects for this historic figure. It was held at the Hungarian Academy of Rome.

Director, Hungarian Academy of Rome
“We had this really nice exhibition composed by the Museum of technology Nikola Tesla of Zagabria and the National Academy of Croatia. So the exhibition was created in Croatia.”

Among the many things on display, for the first time models of Faust innovative engineering ideas can be seen. The organizers wanted to provide a direct experience of Faust's design rather than just drawings from his book.

Director, Hungarian Academy of Rome
“From our perspective it is really interesting that somebody from 400 years ago created a parachute, created a chain bridge. Actually the first idea of a chain bridge was Faust Vrančić.”

According to Puskás, despite Faust original engineering ideas they were not well known. The chain bridge was built two hundreds years later in England, but it is uncertain if it was because of Faust's ideas. 

However, they hope this exhibition will give people more insight into the cultural heritage of the early modern ages of central Europe. After Rome, the organizers plan to take this exhibition to Venice. It is another important place representing Faust, since he lived there for a long period of time.