Bulgarian-European Cultural Dialogue Centre

200th anniversary of Dimitar Dobrovich (1816-1905)


200th anniversary of Dimitar Dobrovich (1816-1905)


Visual Arts

  • Dimitar Dobrovich - BIO
  • Dimitar Dobrovich / Dimitrios Dombriadis

    1816 – Born in Sliven to the family of a coat maker and trader.

    1833-1837 – Period in Constantinople.

    Studies in the famous Korucheshmenska high school. The burst of the plague compels him to leave.

    1837-1948 – Period in Athens.
    Upon his arrival, enrols in the Royal School of Art (Polytechnion), just-then inaugurated by King Otto I. First lessons in drawing with the French painter Pier Bonnerot.

    1843-1848 – After restructuring of the school, studies with the professors Rafaello Ceccoli (1810 – 1892) and Georgios Margaritis (1814 – 1884). Receives awards. Sells works and ten of them are today in the collection of the National Gallery in Athens. Signs his works and is known as Dimitrios Dombriadis.

    1848-1893 – Period in Rome.
    Under the guidance of his Greek professors, leaves to continue his education at the academy in Rome. His professors there are Tommaso Minardi (1787 – 1871) and Filippo Agricola (1776 – 1857). At the end of 1848 and the beginning of 1849, fights for three months under the flag of Giuseppe Garibaldi. His paintings (genre scenes and portraits) are influenced by European Romanticism. Works on many copies. Invents his own “heliophotographic” technique which makes the process of copying easier. Most of his works during this period are signed D. Dobrovich. Does not end his connections with Greece and is an intermediary in the transport of mosaics materials for the Roman cathedrals.

    1893-1905 – Period in Bulgaria.
    In January 1893 returns to Bulgaria and settles in his home town of Sliven
    1893, July 2 – his solo exhibition is unveiled in the building of the National Assembly in Sofia. Donates a significant part of his works to public institutions. These are today in the National Gallery in Sofia and the Art Gallery in Sliven.

    1905, March 3 – dies in his home town.



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 Dimitar Dobrovich (1816-1905, Aurora (a copy), eleophotography, Art Gallery Sliven





  • Jubilee calendar, dedicated to the 200th anniversary of Dimitar Dobrovich 

  • Four lectures in Bulgarian and foreign scientists presented the NBU - March-June 2016

  • Representative exhibition at the National Gallery - Palace, Sofia - 21 October to 11 December 2016

  • Issuance of luxury bilingual catalog of the works of the artist

  • Workshop on eleofotografy

  • The Children's University of NBU will paint with Dea Vulcheva artist

  • Conference: "The romance of the XIX century. Dimitar Dobrovich (1816-1905) - Life and work"

  • Issuing a bilingual collection of scientific reports, published by the NBU

The project is implemented in partnership with:

The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria
National Gallery - Sofia
Art Gallery "Dimitar Dobrovich" - Sliven
Atelier-Collection Svetlin Russev
Institute for Mediterranean Studies in Crete
and in cooperation with the National Gallery in Athens