Friday, October 8, 2010

SKYWATCH: King Despot Stefan Lazarevic


Stefan Lazarević (1374 – 19 July 1427) was ruler of the Serbian Despotate between 1389 and 1427. He was the son and heir to Prince Lazar, who died at the Battle of Kosovo against the Turks in 1389. Despot Stefan was a poet and a moderniser and his reign and personal literary works are sometimes associated with early signs of the Renaissance in Serbian lands, and he is credited with having introduced knightly tournaments, modern battle tactics, and firearms to Serbia. The title 'despot' has the meaning of 'Byzantine prince and ruler,' and does not carry the negative connotation it has in English.

This statue to him stands in Kalemegdan Park.

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20 comments:

Leora said...

I like the abstraction of the figure in this statue.

"meaning of 'Byzantine prince and ruler,' and does not carry the negative connotation it has in English" - ah, thanks for the explanation!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

As I read "despot" it was puzzling, but you have cleared that up. How totally opposite are the meanings!

Very interesting sculpture and I love the oh-so-blue skies framed in green trees and with little fluffs of clouds.

Genie

Anonymous said...

actually despot was the second figure in the byzantine empire, often referred to as "vice-emperror" or "vice-cesar" as they considered themself as the only roman empire.

after the fall of constantinople byzantine was also called second roman empire, as christian russia turned to the third roman empire and the grand-duke of moscow to "cesar" or "tsar".

Natasa Karalic Koprivica said...

Thanks for this interesting article.

Despot Stefan Lazarevic was really very interesting and somewhat controversial historical figure. Unfortunately, people in the west are not especially interested in Serbian and Balkans medieval history. In a variety of information about the life of Despot Stefan, maybe it should be mentioned one particularly interesting. Despot Stefan was a member of the lesser-known secret fraternal order of knights, Order of the Dragon (lat. Societas Draconistrarum). The founder of the Order was famous Sigismund of the Luxembourg, King of Hungary, Germany and Bohemia and Holly Roman Emperor. The members of the Order were prominent rulers, lords and generals of his time including: Filippo Buondelmonti degli Scolari, Vladislas II of Hungary, King Alfonso of Aragon and Naples, Vlad II (received the surname Dracul in 1431, after being inducted into the Order of the Dragon) and others.

Bob Crowe said...

That bit of salmon-to-orange wall is what makes the picture pop. Wish I could see this in person to observe the details.

Randy said...

Powerful looking sculpture.

James said...

What coll and unusual looking statue. The angle that you took the photo from just adds to the interest.

Hildred and Charles said...

Very impressive photo, and nice to hear a different interpretation of the title 'despot'.

Gaelyn said...

That is a very interesting statue. Yet I can't decide if it's broken, or .....
Any idea when the statue was sculpted?

Lily Hydrangea said...

I really like this statue.
You made a nice portrait of Mr.Lazarevic.
Interesting history too.

Mar said...

Interesting looking statue! enjoyed reading the history and the meaning of despot... !
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Bibi said...

Hi, Gaelyn! No, the statue isn't broken. I think those are just 'folds' on his cape and outerwear. Not sure when the statue was made, but it is fairly contemporary.

Vita Stunder said...

I love the statue - it truly makes this shot!

Carraol said...

Magnificent sculpture, its style is like an iron poem and the background light is the perfect frame!

B SQUARED said...

I'm glad you cleared up that despot thing.

Alexa said...

One more thing I surely would never have known if I hadn't met you!

Daryl said...

He looks like a stiff.... sorry couldnt help myself

Olivier said...

surprenante cette sculpture, j'aime ce cote moderne.

Emm said...

I love this statue! It is absolutely stunning. I love the abstract style. More fascinating history - yay!

Aleksandar Vilotic said...

Never liked that statue, but article is good, if you search for more details about him, you can find it how interesting he was. He was ruler with improved title from Prince to Despot after surviving battle against Mongols (only his part of army survive and keep with fight)in Battle of Angora, He was Grand Master Order of the Dragon(Societas draconistrarum, he was made it first regular staying army in Europe :)