Dubravka Preradović is an art historian, researcher and curator. She holds her BA in History of Art (2000), and MA in Medieval History Art and Architecture from Faculty of Philosophy (2008), University of Belgrade and her PhD in History and Archeology of Byzantine world from Università degli studi di Udine and Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris (2011) with a Doctoral Scholarship from the Italian Government. In 2005, she completed the specialization “Nuove tecnologie per la valorizzazione e gestione del patrimonio culturale meditteraneo” at the European Centre for Cultural Monuments in Ravello, Italy. Dubravka worked as curator at the National Museum in Belgrade from 2001-2013, first as a curator at the Gallery of Frescoes, then as Curator in Medieval Department and then as a Senior Curator of the Collection of old and rare documents of medieval monuments. She has been a desk reviewer for the World Heritage Unit, ICOMOS, for the nomination of “Sacral Complex on the Remains of the Roman Forum in Zadar, Croatia” for the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2013.
As an expert in medieval art she has been particularly dedicated to the phenomena of the “cross-roads”: she studied the Byzantine period with focus on Latin influenced Adriatic and Serbian medieval churches with a strong Western impact. An important field of her research is dedicated to the phenomena of medieval societies and the politics of the cult of saints and relics. In parallel, she has been working on the historiography of cultural institutions and explorations of the medieval heritage of the Balkans at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, and particularly on the presence of the French and Russian scholars in the Balkan area. She is alumna of the Ecole Française de Rome and the Plato Academy of the University of Athens. At the moment, she is an independent scholar, situated in Lyon, France. Her articles, covering different subjects in a vast chronological span, from the 4th to 20th centuries, are published in four languages in diverse scientific journals and monographies. Dubravka is fluent in English, French and Italian, and has a basic knowledge of Greek.