Serbian prince Miloš Obrenovič’s portrait by Josef August Schöefft (1835)
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Serbian prince Miloš Obrenovič’s portrait by Josef August Schöefft (1835)

Author(s): Sorin Iftimi
Subject(s): History
Published by: Editura Palatul Culturii
Keywords: Miloš Obrenovič; portrait; Josef August Schöefft

Summary/Abstract: This research started from a pencil portrait of a "Turkish dignitary", signed by Schoefft, purchased by Mr. Mihai Dim. Sturdza, within a public auction in Paris (2011). We identified a similar oil portrait, in the collection of the National Museum in Belgrade; we could thus establish that the depicted personage is the Serbian knez (prince Miloš Obrenovič (1815-1839; 1858-1860). Within the museum, the portrait was assigned to an anonymous painter and wrongly dated to 1858. In reality, the original of this portrait was painted in Constantinople, by Josef August Schoefft, in August 1835, when Miloš made a pompous visit to Sultan Mahmud II. With the occasion, we also analyzed the other known portraits of prince Miloš Obrenovič, noticing they are not correctly dated. We advanced other dates for the creation of these portraits based on the analysis of the evolution of the clothing design and ornaments depicted in these portraits, successively acquired by the Serbian prince.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 30-31
  • Page Range: 127-153
  • Page Count: 27
  • Language: Romanian
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