Mihajlo Živković (painter)

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Buda, Austria-Hungary
Alma materAcademy of Fine Arts
OccupationAcademic Painter

Mihajlo Živković (Buda, Austria-Hungary, 1776 - Buda, Austria-Hungary, after 1825) was a Serbian academic painter who lived and worked during the late Baroque and rococo period. He painted in the European neoclassical style.

In 1798, Mihajlo Živković graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in Vienna. Upon returning home, he opened an atelier in downtown Buda. After painting Slava saint icons for wealthy Serbian families in Buda and the surrounding area in 1802, he began work on a large-scale iconostasis of the Annunciation Church, Szentendre which he completed two years later (1804).[1] At the centre of the iconostasis are the Royal doors, upon which are icons of Christ and the Virgin, both painted in a conventional manner, according to the client's requests. The figures of the Twelve apostles in medallions to the left and right of the large composition of the Coronation of the Virgin show that Živković broke away from customary form. The apostles are shown in lively movements and spontaneous positions, a departure from the typical stiff standing figures of the time. In the smaller compositions of the Tree of life and Christ and the Samaritan woman at the well, located in the lower part of the iconostasis, Živković demonstrated a natural devotion to the colouring of rococo painters. After completing iconostasis, he went back to painting portraits before another commission to paint a large iconostasis in the Serbian Orthodox church of Balassagyarmat came along in 1815.

The Serbian church in Balassagyarmat is now a museum where his icons[2]are on display. [3]Živković's iconostases in Szentendre and Balassagyarmat have survived to this day as "exceptional monuments from the transition period of centuries and styles". [4]

Živković's work is also on display at the National Museum in Belgrade. [5][6]


  1. Guides, Fodor's Travel (January 17, 2017). Fodor's Essential Europe: The Best of 25 Exceptional Countries. Fodor's Travel. ISBN 9780147546579 – via Google Books.
  2. "English: Painting by the serbian painter Mihajlo Zivkovic, part of a icono-series from the Balassagyarmat Church, painted in 1815. Exhibit in the Museum of the Serbian Church in Szentendre". September 5, 2015 – via Wikimedia Commons.
  3. "Balassagyarmat". en.wikivoyage.org.
  4. Davidov, Dinko (March 4, 1990). Споменици будимске епархије. Просвета. ISBN 9788607004805 – via Google Books.
  5. "Serbian 18th and 19th Century Painting - National Museum Belgrade". August 5, 2020.
  6. "St. Nicholas – Mihajlo Živković (1813) | 19th century paintings, Historical painting, National museum". Pinterest.

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