[Daily article] December 2: Migration of the Serbs

Migration of the Serbs is a set of oil paintings by the artist Paja
Jovanović that depict the Great Serb Migration of 1690–91. The first
was commissioned in 1895 by Georgije I, the Patriarch of Karlovci,
intended for the following year’s Budapest Millennium Exhibition. In the
view of the Serbian clergy, the painting was to support Serb claims to
religious autonomy and partial self-administration in Austria-Hungary.
The Patriarch was dissatisfied with Jovanović’s initial rendering and
asked the artist to adjust his work to conform with the Church’s view of
the migration. Jovanović could not complete the revision in time, and
the painting was not shown at the Exhibition. Three of the original four
paintings survive, at the patriarchate building of the Serbian Orthodox
Church and at Princess Ljubica’s Residence, both in Belgrade, and at the
Pančevo Museum. Migration of the Serbs holds iconic status in Serbian
popular culture, and several authors consider it one of Jovanović’s
finest achievements.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


War of the Third Coalition: French forces led by Napoleon
decisively defeated a Russo-Austrian army commanded by Tsar Alexander I
in the Battle of Austerlitz.


Franz Joseph became Emperor of Austria.


World War II: The Luftwaffe conducted a surprise air raid on
Allied ships in Bari, Italy, sinking 18 ships and releasing one ship’s
secret cargo of mustard gas.


Cuban Revolution: The yacht Granma, carrying Fidel Castro, Che
Guevara and 80 other members of the 26th of July Movement, reached the
shores of Cuba.


Less than two months after disclosing accounting violations,
Texas-based energy firm Enron filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy,
evaporating nearly $11 billion in shareholder wealth.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

1. A two-colour fabric pattern of broken checks.
2. Fabric with a houndstooth pattern; an item of clothing made with such

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  One of my complaints is that you’ve got far more scientists than
ever before but the pace of discovery has not increased. Why? Because
they’re all busy just filling in the details of what they think is the
standard story. And the youngsters, the people with different ideas have
just as big a fight as ever and normally it takes decades for science to
correct itself. But science does correct itself and that’s the reason
why science is such a glorious thing for our species.  
–Nigel Calder

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