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Name of Object:

Milos Obrenovic, prince of Serbia


Belgrade, Serbia

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The National Museum

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Date of Object:



Pavel Djurkovic (1772, Sremski Karlovci, Vojvodina (nowadays Serbia)-1830, ?)

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Material(s) / Technique(s):

Oil on canvas


71,5 x 58 cm


Kragujevac, Serbia


Milos Obrenovic (1783–1860) was Prince of Serbia from 1815 to 1839, and again from 1858 to 1860. He participated in the First Serbian Uprising, led Serbs in the Second Serbian Uprising, and founded the dynasty of Obrenovic. Under his rule, Serbia became an autonomous duchy within the Ottoman Empire. He is credited with starting the process of reestablishing Serbian statehood, as well as shaping the domestic and foreign policies of the modern Serbian state. Prince Milos ruled autocratically, permanently refusing to share power. During his rule, he was the richest man in Serbia and among the richest in the Balkans. On the portrait that was painted by Pavel Djurkovitch in Kragujevac, prince Milos was dressed in Oriental costume and has on the top of tha head a turban (Eng. turband, turbant, tolibant, French turban, Italian turbante, Turk. tulbend, dulbend, from Persian Dulband). It is typicaly Oriental piece of costume and this was of significance for attitude and dignity of Serbian sovereign at the beginning XIX century, who was by all means respecting an Ottoman empire and his Sultan.

Citation of this web page:

Petar Petrovic "Milos Obrenovic, prince of Serbia" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://www.sharinghistory.org/database_item.php?id=object;AWE;sb;10;en

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Prepared by: Petar Petrovic

MWNF Working Number: RS 010

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