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King Milan Obrenović

King Milan Obrenović

  • Author: Stevan Todorović
  • Date: 1883
  • Technique: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 55 x 68 cm
  • Inventory number: U 1073

The portraits of King Milan and Queen Natalija were painted for the Serbian Embassy in Istanbul. This information was recorded in the autobiography of the painter Stevan Todorović. Around that year, he painted several portraits of the royal couple following the same scheme, which probably has to do with the proclamation of the Kingdom of Serbia (1882) and the need to strengthen the legitimacy of the Obrenović dynasty.

During the reign of King Milan (1854–1901), Serbia became an independent state (1878) and its territory was extended to include additional four districts (Toplica, Niš, Pirot, Vranje). Four year later, it was raised to the rank of Kingdom. The national Bank was established, the railway was constructed and the Constitution was adopted. Serbia was being transformed into a modern European state.

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