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Stemmatographia, "izobraženije oružij iliričeskih"

H. Džefarovic, T. Messmer, 1741

paper, engraving

MAA Inv. No. 16177

Stemmatographia is one of the important Serbian books from the eighteenth century. Arsenije Jovanovic Šakabenta and Pavle Nenadovic the Younger were the creators of this edition, while the etching was done by Thomas Messmer and Hristofor Džefarovic, one of the forefathers of early modern Serbian art.

Although inspired by the work of the same name, printed in Latin, in Vienna (1701) by Pavle Ritter Vitezovic, the Serbian version introduced major additions and changes and editions in order to reflect the cultural, artistic and national-political strivings of the Serbian populace in Austria. It was not just a heraldic handbook like Vitezovic's; beside the coats-of-arms of the countries and provinces, Stemmatographia contained: twenty-four images of Serbian and South Slavic saints, the portrait of Patriarch Arsenije IV together with a panegyric dedicated to him, the triumphal portrait of Emperor Dušan on horseback, the panegyric to Hristofor Džefarovic and the portrait of Emperor Dušan between Chronos and Minerva. Through these additions the authors created a complex conceptual entity that was to represent the idea of the recreation of the Serbian Empire under the watchful eye of the national saintly choir.