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Princess Ljubica and Prince Milan

Princess Ljubica and Prince Milan

  • Author: Stevan Todorović
  • Date: 1882
  • Technique: уље на платну
  • Dimensions: 101 x 140 cm
  • Inventory number: NM 348
  • Owner: National Museum in Belgrade

After Serbia had been raised to the rank of kingdom in 1882, numerous portraits of the members of the Obrenović family were made with the intention of glorifying both the ruling dynasty and individual rulers. The double portrait of Princess Ljubica and Prince Milan is one such painting. The Princess is shown in Serbian urban dress including a fistan (gown), a bajader (waistband), a silk kerchief crossed on the breast and a libade (waistcoat with bell-shaped sleeves). Prince Milan, whose twenty-five-day-long reign (1839) was commemorated by this portrait, is shown in ceremonial military attire with the Ottoman Order of the Imperial Portrait (Tasvir-i hümayun) on his chest. This is a posthumous depiction made after earlier portraits of the Princess and her son.

Princess Ljubica was born in 1875 into the Vukomanović family in Srezojevci, a village near Gornji Milanovac.
She was a vigorous, modest and diligent woman. Among her numerous virtues, her personal courage was especially admirable. She could ride a horse and handle weapons. With Aleksandar Karađorđević's rise to the throne in 1842, Princess Ljubica and her entire family left Serbia. She died in Novi Sad in 1843.

In her marriage with Prince Miloš, she gave birth to eight children. Two of her son – Milan (1819–39) and Mihailo (1823–68), were rulers of Serbia.

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