No. XXXIV (2003)

The "Zograph" Model of Orthodox Painting in Southeast Europe 1830-1870

Nenad Makuljević
University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy, Art History Department

Published 01.12.2003


  • zograph,
  • models of painting,
  • Southeast Europe 1830-1870,
  • Orthodox Christian art,
  • Ottoman Empire

How to Cite

Makuljević, N. (2003). The "Zograph" Model of Orthodox Painting in Southeast Europe 1830-1870. Balcanica - Annual of the Institute for Balkan Studies, (XXXIV), 385–405.


The „zograph” model of painting from 1830 to 1870 represents a important period of development in sacral Orthodox Christian art in the Ottoman Empire. It was formed as a component part of the church revival from 1830 to 1870 and a unified supra-national cultural model in South East Europe. The „zograph” model of Orthodox Christian painting shows that the region of „European Turkey” did not represent a civilisational void, exclusively dominated by an ethnic folkloric culture, but a specific cultural model, conditioned by political, social and religious conditions.


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