Vasa Ostojić: 20 cool facts

By Gwylym Owen

Vasa Ostojić or Vasilije Ostojić (Sremski Karlovci, Archduchy of Austria, 1730 – Novi Sad, Archduchy of Austria, 1791) was a Serbian Baroque painter of icons and frescoes. He then worked upon churches in Sremski Karlovci taking into consideration monk-painter Amvrosije Janković. He was like Dimitrije Bačević’s pupil and assistant.

His best-known works are the Serbian Orthodox Church of the Assumption (Uspenska crkva) in Novi Sad, St. Nicholas in Irig and Neradin (1760), then the iconostasis in the Orthodox church in Voganj and the iconostasis in the monastery church of Rakovac, the iconostasis of the Church of Saint Demetrius in Buda (lost in the Great Tabán Fire of 1810), and arguably the most important one, the iconostasis in the Annunciation Church in Szentendre.

Ostojić was under the influences of Russian and Ukrainian Baroque masters. Later in life, he was ennobled for his artistic achievements.

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