Researches into Baroque art on the Slovenian territory have been thriving again during the last few years. One of the themes about which numerous texts, some of them also debatable, have been recently published is certainly the painting of the second half of the 17th century in former Carniola, i.e. the central part of present-day Slovenia. Since this topic seems to attract a lot of interest among scholars, a decision has been made that a scientific symposium Flemish and Dutch painters in Central Europe and northern Italy in the late 17th century will be held from 20-23 October 2005, co-organized by the Department of the History of Art at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, the France Stele Institute of Art History at the Scientific Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and the National Gallery, Ljubljana.
The exhibition Almanach and painting in Carniola in the second half of the 17th-century will accompany this symposium. Most of the paintings that will be shown in the exhibition and are expected to be discussed by some participants have already been published by Federico Zeri and Ksenija Rozman in the catalogues of the National Gallery (Slovene-Italian bilingual exhibition catalogues of 1983, 1989 and 1993, and the English catalogue of 2000, European Paintings. Catalogue of the Collection), which are available in major art-history institutions.