Fine Arts Museum - CLOSED UNTIL 2018, Budapest

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    Museum of Fine - International - Arts.

    by breughel Updated Mar 15, 2015

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    Museum of International Arts would be a more appropriate name as National Hungarian art is on display in the museum of the Buda castle "Discovering Hungarian painters and sculptors.".

    The neo-classical building is imposing but what is inside is somewhat less. I say that after two visits, a first in 2006, a second in 2013, and although the fact that a large number of paintings here on display belong to my favored Dutch and Flemish schools. To show some nuance I would say that when the Museums of Vienna (KHM) or Berlin (Gemäldegalerie) made me feel enthusiast, here I felt interested.

    The museum has the following departments:
    Egyptian Art and Classical Antiquities on the Ground floor.
    Old Master Paintings on First and Second floor over 30 rooms and 23 cabinets. This is the most important part of the museum.
    Sculpture.
    Prints and Drawings, Department of Art after 1800, Vasarely Museum; these were not open on the time of my visit.

    WARNING:
    Due to the preparatory works of the planned reconstruction of the Museum building
    - the Spanish and the Early-Netherlandish, Flemish, German and Austrian paintings cannot be seen due to the closure of the galleries,
    - the Dutch galleries are accessible only on stairway;
    - the permanent exhibitions of the Egyptian Collection can be visited until 1 February, 2015.
    We apologise for any inconvenience.
    The museum building will be closed from 16 February, 2015.
    End of the works 2018 ?

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    Old Master Paintings - Flemish.

    by breughel Updated Mar 15, 2015

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    The Old Master Paintings collection with about 3000 works is the most important part of the museum on floor 1 and 2. It presents a comprehensive overview of European painting of the 13th up to 18 Century.
    The collection is split up into Italian, German, Netherlandish, Flemish, French, English and Spanish art.
    The Italian schools are well represented from Giotto and Duccio through the greatest Renaissance masters like Raphael, Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese up to Tiepolo.
    Second are the Dutch and Flemish schools.
    An highlight of the collection of Flemish painters is "The Sermon of St. John the Baptist" by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. This painting is not among my favored works of Pieter Bruegel but it is already remarkable for this museum to have one Bruegel the Elder.
    With the years I became a fan of another Flemish painter who worked in Bruges around 1444 - 1473 named Petrus Christus his portraits of ladies are remarkable; I found here "The Virgin and Child in an Archway". That splendid red color kept its brilliancy for more than five centuries!
    I discovered a painter from Antwerp around 1550 Jacob Grimmer who painted landscapes in a genre that will have much success a century later in the Netherlands.

    NB: The museum building will be closed from 16 February, 2015

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    Old Master Paintings - Dutch.

    by breughel Updated Mar 15, 2015

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    The collection of Dutch painters is very complete with the masters of the Gouden Eeuw - Golden Century (17c). Good works with classical landscapes, portraits, genre scenes, still lives but no outstanding works (no Vermeer).

    I liked from Willem Claesz. Heda this quite classical "Still life with Nautilus cup" an often depicted "River landscape with ferry" or "Travelers before an Inn" from Salomon van Ruysdael.
    Typical of the Dutch school is this church interior "Nieuwe Kerk in Haarlem" by Pieter Saenredam.

    Somewhat special imo is this Aelbert Cuyp "Portrait of the Sam Family" because the landscape in the background is typical of Cuyp with that orange light from the late afternoon but the persons are painted with such contrast that I had the impression that they had been painted later over the existing landscape.
    I have seen other fine paintings of Cuyp but never with this contrast!

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    Old Master Paintings - German.

    by breughel Updated Mar 15, 2015

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    I stopped in front of this "Ill-matched couple" from Lucas Cranach the Elder around 1530. Cranach painted more than half a dozen such couples showing a lecherous old man and a young woman, sometimes a young man and an old woman.
    Now if you look well you can see that she is putting her hand in his purse. There is a similar painting from Cranach in the MNAC museum in Barcelona, the same man but another woman also steeling him.
    Grotesque portraits with a sarcastic look I appreciate to find in an otherwise very serious museum.

    In another painting from Cranach a biblical scene "Christ and the adulteress" I found a portrait that I'm tempted to use as an avatar those days I'm in bad mood.

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    Museum of Fine Art

    by Gypsystravels Updated Dec 9, 2014

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    With a large collection of paintings from the 14th century to the Baroque period this musuem for me was like being in "shoe heaven." The pieces of art are magnificent and it houses one of the largest collections of Spanish paintings in the world. The Italian collection is equally amazing and some of the prized pieces are from Rafael ("Esterhezy Madonna").

    Some other noteworthing pieces are from some of the finest painters of all times...Seven canvases by El Greco are amazing. Goya, Titon, Tiepolo, Correggio and the likes can all be seen here.

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    Guided tours in English

    by Dorqa Updated Jul 13, 2014

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    The Museum of Fine Arts (Budapest) offers free guided tours in English almost every day until mid-July. You do not need to pay for the tour separately, it is enough if you buy a regular ticket (HUF 1800, aproximately 6 EUR). These tours are guided by volunteers, who have successfully completed the museum’s Docent Programme. They are either native English speakers or, as non-native speakers, they are very proficient in English.

    Most of the tours are presenting works from the Old Masters Collection
    of the museum.

    The schedule of the free guided tours:

    July 15 - Tuesday
    11 a.m. Highlights tour
    01 p.m Netherlandish art
    02.p.m Renaissance art

    July 16 - Wednesday
    01 p.m Highlights tour

    July 17 - Thursday
    01 p.m. Highlights tour
    02 p.m Sculptures

    July 18 - Friday
    11 a.m Spanish art

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    MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

    by balhannah Updated Mar 13, 2014

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    Located across Heroes square from the Palace of Art, is the Museum of Fine Arts. This Museum has a large selection of European art. Its Old Gallery has 3000 paintings from the majority of Europe's greatest masters. A collection of sculptures as well as artifacts from the Middle Ages, the Antiquity and Egypt are on display.
    The Museum of Fine Arts was opened in 1906 some thirty years after the state bought a collection of paintings from the wealthy Esterhazy family.

    The building was built in neoclassical design, and once again, the appearance of this building with its massive Corinthian columns, reminded me of Greece. This building has a sculpted tympanum and not a mosaic.

    The interior of the building is decorated in an Italian Renaissance style with arcades, marble columns and marble patterned floors. It sounds like you need to allow a fair bit of time to have a look through this Museum.

    Please check this link for opening hours and admission prices.
    http://www.szepmuveszeti.hu/opening_hours_admission

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    Fine Arts Museum

    by shavy Written Aug 31, 2013

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    Hungary's largest collection of international art. The Museum of Fine Arts (Szépművészeti Múzeum) is housed in an imposing neoclassical building built between 1900 and 1906 is Hungary's largest collection of international art comprising more than 100,000 pieces

    Start your visit with the permanent exhibition walk around and admire the impressive collection of art works if you have the time continue your visit with the temporary exhibition if there is any available.The tickets to the temporary exhibition give access to the permanent one as well if you want to take photos inside the museum do not forget to by a photo ticket. It costs 300 HUF an audio guide is available for 1000 HUF

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    Museum of Fine Arts

    by mindcrime Written Dec 16, 2012

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    Museum of Fine Arts(Szepmuveszeti ) opened its gates in 1906 on a beautiful building in neoclassical style with a temple like façade with Corinthian columns, actually it’s a copy of Zeus temple in Ancient Olympia (Greece).

    If you have already visited National Gallery you may wonder why you need another museum like this… well the reason is simple here you will find art items made international artists. It houses a rich collection of paintings (that we focused and spend most of our time including famous names like Rubens, Bruegel, Tintoretto, Corregio, El Greco, Goya, Rembrandt etc) but also sculptures (from, middle ages to 17th century), Egyptian art (I always like to check mummy sarcophagi), drawings and prints, antiquities from ancient Greece and Roman era

    We spent about 2 hours in the museum (we could have stay more but that’s enough if you don’t want just to walk through and actually don’t check anything)

    Museum of Fine Arts is open Tuesday to Sunday 10.00-18.00
    I payed 900Ft because I had the SzigetPass but the normal price for permanent collection is 1800Ft. There are also audio guides for 1000Ft.
    Extra charge for photo(300Huf) and video (1500Huf)

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    Budapest's Museum of Fine Arts

    by Jefie Updated Nov 12, 2012

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    While Hungarian art is on display at the national gallery located at Buda Castle, the country's most important international collection is housed at the Museum of Fine Arts, located at Heroes' Square. Its collection comprises over 100,000 pieces divided into six main categories: Egyptian art, Classical antiquities, Old Master paintings, Sculpture, Print and drawings, and Art after 1800. The great Italian and Flemish masters are well represented, as are the French impressionists. It is a medium-sized museum that can be visited at a leisurely pace within a few hours.

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    Museum of Fine Arts

    by hungariangirl896 Written Sep 4, 2012

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    The Budapest Museum of Fine Arts is a large, beautiful museum located on the left side of Heroes' Square. The museum dates from 1906. You can view German, Classical, Egyptian, Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, English, and Flemish art. Ancient Greek vases, Egyptian stone sculptures, and works by Albrecht Durer, Pieter Bruegel, Jan Vermeer, Raphael, Titian, El Greco, Claude Monet, and Paul Cezanne are all on display. You will want to spend at least a couple hours here looking at all the artwork. When I visited this museum, I was amazed at the amount of paintings on display from the 12th, 13th, and 14th centuries. If you love artwork or have some extra time in Budapest, then this is a great place to spend an afternoon. Oftentimes they also hold some interesting temporary exhibitions.

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    Szepmuveszeti Muzeum

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    On the left of the wonderful Hosok tere there is the nice Szepmuveszeti Muzeum, museum of Fine Arts. It was built by Albert Schickedanz and Fulop Herzog and it has got a neoclassical facade. The timpan is a copy of the Centauromachia of the Temple of Zeus in Olympia (Greece). The major part of the collection was created in 1802 when people created the National Museum of Hungary and they started to collect many old pieces and paintings. In 1870 arrived from Vienna the Esterhazy collection. In the 1957 the Magyar paintigs were transfered in the Etnographic Museum and in the 1975 transfered to the Buda Castle. Inside there are paintings made by Chagall, Severini, Guttuso, Leonardo da Vinci (drawings), Segna da Bonaventura, Sassetta, Verrocchio, Giovanni Santi, Piero di Cosimo, Ghirlandaio, Gentile Bellini, Giorgione, Veronese, Tiziano, Bronzino, Raffaello, Correggio, Lotto, Carracci, Guardi, Memling, David, de Witte, Cuyp, Rembrandt, Durer, Brughel, van Dyck, El Greco, Murillo, Goya, Ribera, Kupezky, cranach the old, Poussin, Corot, Coubert, Monet, Manet, Pisarro, Cezanne, Toulouse Lautrec, Gauguin, REnoir and much more.

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    Museum of Fine Arts

    by Raimix Updated Mar 4, 2011

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    This museum looks like Greek temple and was finished in 1906. The exhibition contains the art works of Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and Italian, French and Flemish painting.

    I had no chance to visit this museum, but, as I am very interested in Ancient European culture, I hope to do that in future :)

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    Fine Arts Museum/Szepmu Eszeti

    by dustmon Written Jun 25, 2010

    This museum is one of Hungary's finest including Egyptian and Classical art, many fine art Masters such as Bruegel, Titian, Raphael, and a great Spanish section containing Goya, Velasquez and El Greco, along with many Austrian and German Masters as well. Sculpture plays a large part of what you will see also, and a whole drawing area as well. Well worth a visit when Museum hunting in Budapest!

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    Museum of Fine Arts

    by german_eagle Written Apr 3, 2010

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    Budapest has an extensive and excellent fine arts collection. Outstanding are the paintings of Italian, Dutch/Flemish and Spanish Old Masters and some parts of the collection of ancient works of art. Highlights are for example Raphael's so called "Esterhazy Madonna" (But somehow I liked Bronzino's "Portrait of a Lady" better) and Pieter Breughel's "Sermon of John Baptist". I also liked El Greco's works as well as the Murillos. The 19th and 20th century collections are not as large but I enjoyed the French Impressionists (as always). Unfortunately most of the permanent exhibits on the ground floor were closed for an unknown reason.

    When I visited they had a wonderful exhibit "Degas to Picasso, French Masterpieces from the Pushkin Museum, Moscow". Enjoyed that VERY much.

    The building itself is typical neo-classicistic museum architecture. It was opened in 1906. The temple-like front with the eight pillars is quite impressive and so is the interior.

    Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am – 5.30 pm
    Admission fee
    for the permanent collection: HUF 1,600
    for the temporary collections: HUF 3,000 (subject to change, covers the permanent collection also)
    photo permit: HUF 300

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