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Representations: Visual Arts: Southeast Europe
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The early period

At the end of nineteenth century, for Europeans with Victorian sensibilities, Southeast Europe (the Balkans) was still a part of the “Orient.” People from the region were seen as childlike, exotic relics in a living ethnographic museum, possessing an authentic but archaic past. Over time, elites in the Balkan nations had assimilated much of this imposed role, followed by later attempts to establish…

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Cupic, Simona and Merenik, Lidija, “Representations: Visual Arts: Southeast Europe”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 07 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0641d>
First published online: 2009

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