Location: City Library Marko Marulić (Ulica slobode 2, 21000 Split)
Exhibition showcases of the Central Library / April 23 - September 15
Judita by Marko Marulić is considered a capital work of Croatian literature. Judita is the first author's epic, the first poetic work sung in double-rhymed twelves, verses that rely on the original Croatian poetic tradition. It is based on the biblical story of Judita, a brave widow who sacrifices personal welfare for the salvation of her people. The epic is formed in six songs and allegorically describes the Turkish siege of Split taking place during Marulić's life. Intended for the public, it was popular and read with pleasure among the author's contemporaries and fellow citizens.
For centuries, it was also a stimulus to Croatian actors, directors, painters, and musicians. Many significant Croatian poetic, prose, dramatic, artistic, and musical works were created on the template of Marulić's Judita. To this day, Marulić's Judita has remained a symbol of Croatian poetry and a trademark of the Croatian language and literature, providing its author with lasting fame and the title "father of Croatian literature".
The exhibition marks the Croatian Book Day, April 22, and the 500th anniversary of the first work in the Croatian language. It shows all the most significant Croatian editions of Marulić's Judith and literary, stage, and musical interpretations of Judith from the Library's collection.