On this day, November 15th, 1983, Mihailo Petrov, a Serbian graphic artist, painter, illustrator, poet and critic, died. The artist, who left behind a rich painting oeuvre, but also with many years of commitment earned graphics a place of equal artistic discipline as the first professor in this field.
The final break with the Ottoman feudal society and the liberation of Serbia began with the First and Second Serbian Uprisings. After 1815, Miloš Obrenović continued his independence through diplomatic activities, and at the beginning he managed to collect and pay imperial taxes instead of the Turks, and then, in the name of the people, to lease the imperial spahilukas. In the next step, he becomes an intermediary between the raja of the Serbs and their spahis. Miloš’s mediation between the raja and spahi is evidenced by a letter to Ismail spahi, in which he complains to the people from Konarevo in September 1824 that they do not respect him in the manner and order that was valid until recently.
Two decades after the death of the artist Svetislav Mandić, its poetic and painting will still live through numerous verses and copies of the frescoes. The man of a sparkling talent who was led through “Imperial roads” to art knowledge by “big and peaceful Raška eyes” will remain remembered by the work that enriched our understanding of medieval culture and art.
Affectionately known as Grandfather Kratin, the one who “had something of the colour of an angel from Mileševa” in his eyes, passed away on this day, September 30th, 1973, in Belgrade. Quiet and unobtrusive, devoted to his work, Jaroslav Kratina will make the greatest contribution to our fine arts as one of the first copyists and fresco-painting lecturers at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade.
On this day, August 30th, 1903, Milorad S. Jović, was born, a versatile personality, professor, pedagogue, inventor, playwright, director, screenwriter, writer, who will be best remembered as one of the founders and the first director of the National Museum Kraljevo. He was not only a tireless researcher and initiator of the development of all museum departments and collections, but also the bearer of the vision of this institution, as a beacon of culture, which still represents a guide in the work of the National Museum Kraljevo.
On this day, August 16th, 1893, in Hrvatska Kostajnica, Jaroslav Kratina, painter, copyist and restorer, was born, a man who greatly contributed to the study and preservation of Serbian medieval fresco painting, as well as its fame and affirmation in the world. The work “Throwing Stones from Shoulder” by Jaroslav Kratina, which is kept by the National Museum Kraljevo, belongs to the mature painting period of this artist.
On this day, August 14th, 1973, Ivan Radović, a painter of “Vojvodina realism”, whose diverse oeuvre represented a mirror of the art of the time in which he created, died. We are talking about an artist who covered a large number of topics, playing with different styles, remaining committed to the visions of the Bačka village, its everyday life and the seemingly idyllic life of a plainsman.
On this day, July 12th, 2023, the Serbian Orthodox Church celebrates the Holy Venerable Mother Angelina, the wife of the Serbian despot Stefan Branković, the founder of the Krušedol Monastery, whose cult has been strongly present, primarily in Srem, since the 16th century. One of the few churches dedicated to this saint, which was built south of the Sava, River is located in the village of Zakuta near Kraljevo, in the Gruža region. The Church of Saint Angelina in Zakuta, built in 1858, is the endowment of Toma Vučić Perišić, one of the most important political and public figures of the 19th century in Serbia.
On this day, July 21st, 2023, the Serbian Orthodox Church celebrates the Holy Great Martyr Procopius, who died during the reign of Emperor Diocletian, in the 4th century. Miners in Serbia in the Middle Ages considered him their protector. Hence, the custom has been preserved on Kopaonik to the present day, that the inhabitants of the surrounding villages near the old mines, gather at the cross of St. Procopius at the Church on the Heavenly Chairs on this day. Archaeological excavations have shown that at 1800 m above sea level there is a sacral seat with an early Christian Basilica
On this day, June 12th, 2023, we mark the centenary of the birth of Miodrag Mića Popović. Remembered primarily as a painter, but also as a film director, screenwriter, theoretician, and art researcher, Miodrag Mića Popović will leave an indelible mark on the art of the twentieth century with his uncompromising struggle for freedom of thought and artistic expression. His search, which begins with poetic intimacy and civic realism, through expressionism and Art informel, and reaches the painting of scenes, testifies to the special talent and skill of a versatile artist.