Proclamation of the Code of Emperor Dušan

Proclamation of the Code of Emperor Dušan

  • Author: Paja Jovanović
  • Date: c. 1900
  • Technique: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 190 х 126 cm
  • Inventory number: LPJ 307

This monumental history painting, one of the  most famous works by Paja Jovanović, was commissioned by the Kingdom of Serbia  for the World’s Fair held in Paris in 1900. The painting features the  coronation of Stefan Dušan as the Emperor of the Serbs, Greeks and  Bulgarians in Skoplje on April 14, 1346. The idea to express the reminiscences  of an important historical moment that exemplifies the magnificence of the  Serbian medieval empire using artistic means perfectly fitted political  ambitions of the restored Kingdom   of Serbia. The painting  shows Emperor Dušan with his family and Despot Oliver, who reads a charter,  surrounded by noblemen and squires in medieval dress.

The original title Coronation of Emperor Dušan was changed in the 1950s to Proclamation of  the Code of Emperor Dušan. More recently,  there are art historians who use the original title. For that reason, both  titles are equally common in literature.

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