Danube Virtual Museum

Appearance of Belgrade in Serbia

Title: Appearance of Belgrade in Serbia
Author: Josef Eder
Chrolonology: 1700 - 1800
Museum: Belgrade City Museum
Country: Serbia
Closer Dating: End of the 18th century
Material: Paper
Dimensions: 23,3 × 16,6 cm
Production Technique: Copperplate engraving, coloring done afterwards
Bibliography: Pеtrоvić Bisеniја i drugi. Мuzеј grаdа Bеоgrаdа, ur. Sеfеrоvić Nаdа. Bеоgrаd: 2003.

Description

Joseph Eder’s copperplate engraving (1760-1835) was published in Vienna in the late 18th century and represents a panorama of Belgrade seen from the Danube. In the foreground are the Lower Town and its harbor, river islands and several ships.

Engraving was done from the older model and is therefore similar to the works created in the second half of the 17th century, the time just before the Ottoman and the Austrian Empire fought hard battles in four wars to conquer the city (1688-1791). They destroyed the economy and irrevocably changed its appearance.

Panorama shows evidence of extensive trade in that period on the Danube and in Belgrade as one of the busiest commercial hubs in this part of Europe.
Engraving is a part of a large collection by the industrialist Georg Weifert (1850-1937) who donated it to the Belgrade City Museum.