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The Marinović Legacy

Vladimir Marinović, a jurist and a diplomat, bequeathed his collection of artistic objects to the City of Belgrade as an expression of his love and devotion to Belgrade and the present and future generations living in it in his own name and on behalf of his wife Elena. After his death, the Belgrade City Museum took over his collection in 1982. It presently forms part of the holdings of the Museum’s Department of Applied Art and Ethnology. The legacy of Vladimir Marinović includes 167 items: diverse and valuable works of fine and applied art from the 17th–20th centuries, like antique furniture, chinaware, silverware, glassware, metal and ceramic objects, manufactured in Europe, Russia, Near and Far East, Africa and South America. Paintings by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Stepan Fedorovich Kolesnikov and Aleksey Hansen are particularly valuable. The collection also includes several icons from the same period. On his numerous trips to Near and Far East, Africa and South America, Vladimir Marinović assembled curious objects that cannot commonly be seen in this part of the world. The orders and medals in the collection were awarded to Marinović by Yugoslav and foreign governments for his merits as a volunteer in World War I and during his diplomatic service. Vladimir Marinović also bequeathed to the Museum his rich library, which presently makes a separate unit including 300 books, originals and phototype editions, key studies on literature and art, mostly in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian languages.

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