Pavle Čortanović: life and works

By Gwylym Owen

Pavle Čortanović (Novi Sad, then Habsburg Monarchy, now Serbia, 5 February 1830 – Belgrade, Serbia, 31 March 1903) was a Serbian painter. Pavle was the son and student of Petar Čortanović. Pavle afterward studied art at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts from 1845 until the winter semester of 1852-1853.

He was the author of many icons that grace the sanctuary screens (iconostasis) of Serbian Orthodox churches in Vojka (1859), Vasica (1863), Bodegraj (1885), and then in Besenov, Ravanica, Grabovo, Stara Pazova, Veliki Radinci, Berkasovo, Ruma, Lalić and further places. He plus authored a portrait of Miloš Obrenović, prince and ruler of the Principality of Serbia.

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