Sažetak Sculpture and architectural decoration in the historical centre of Lovran and its immediate historical surroundings are discussed in the first part of the paper. They are examined in the wider context of comparison, encompassing historical events, cultural centres and circles which influenced the sculpture as well as the workshops creating it. Specimens from the Middle Ages are elaborated and reinterpreted, but the emphasis is given to the sculpture from the first decades of the 18th century, i.e. the „golden age“ of the overall expansion of the city of Lovran. It is conditionally connected with the M. Zierer’s workshop. Furthermore, the highlight is put to a specific phenomenon within the incompletely appraised local pastoral culture of the end of 19th and beginning of the 20th century. Typical architectural decoration from the Lovran villas is discussed, as well as the climate, taste and decorum, requests of the patrons, the relation between the Mediterranean and the Middle‑European, and finally the origins of the need for the
imitation of a very specific sculptural production. In this part of the manuscript, unpublished material is presented.