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Studio portrait of Vasil Levski

Studio portrait of Vasil Levski, © St. Cyril and St. Methodius National LibraryenlargeStudio portrait of Vasil Levski, © St. Cyril and St. Methodius National Library


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Object:Studio portrait of Vasil Levski
Description:Full length shot of a man in folk attire with traditional peasant shoes (tsarvuli) and leggings. He is carrying a pistol in his belt and holding a sword in his left and a long rifle in his right hand. A painted canvas backdrop is creating the illusion of the scene being set in nature.
Comment:Vasil Levski, born Vasil Ivanov Kunchev (1837 - 1873), was a Bulgarian revolutionary who ideologized and strategized the Bulgarian revolutionary movement against the Ottoman Empire. He was a founder of the Bulgarian Intern Revolutionary Organization. Levski is a national hero of Bulgaria and considered the Apostle of Freedom.
Date:Not before 1866, Not after 1868
Creator:Stojanović/Karastoyanov, Anastas Nikolov, (Photographer)
Dimensions:Artefact: 108mm x 65mm
Image: 99mm x 64mm
Format:Carte de visite
Technique:Not specified
Keywords:150 Behavior Processes and Personality > 156 Social Personality
290 Clothing
710 Military Technology > 714 Uniform and Accouterment
660 Political Behavior > 669 Revolution
550 Individuation and Mobility > 551 Personal Names
Bibliography:Boev, Petar (1983): Fotografskoto izkustvo v Balgaria /1856 - 1944/. Sofia: DI "Septemvri", 26
Parvanova, Mariyana (2010): Neizvestno za izvestni balgarski rodove. Vol. 3, Sofia: Iztok-Zapad, 209
Todorova, Maria (2009): Bones of Contention. The Living Archive of Vasil Levski and the Making of Bulgaria’s National Hero. Budapest: Central European University Press
Kassabova, Anelia (2012): Identities in frame. Photography and the Construction of a „National Body“ in Bulgaria (approx. 1860 to WW I). In: Hristov, Petko (Ed.): Migration and Identity. Historical, Cultural and Linguistic Dimensions of Mobility in the Balkans. Sofia: Paradigma, 76
Ivanova, Evgenia (2008): Foto Stoyanovich. Sofia: Balkani, 78.
Copyright:Национална Библиотека "Св. св. Кирил и Методий"
Archive:St. Cyril and St. Methodius National Library, Inv. No.: С 653
License:This picture is licensed under Creative Commons [CC BY-NC-ND 3.0]
Editor:Anelia Kassabova