Museum of Fine Arts - Szepmuveszeti Muzeum, Budapest

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    Szepmuveszeti Muzeum (I&V) PART II

    by Zvrlj Updated Feb 11, 2009

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    […] Works of German artists Albrecht Durer, Albrecht Altdorfer, Hans Baldung Grien and Lucas Cranach are part of Museum collection, as well as "The Sermon of St John the Baptist" painted by Netherlandish Pieter Bruegel.

    Budapest Museum of Fine Arts collection of works of Spanish artists is probably the richest in the world out of Spain – among its artworks are El Greco's "Mary Magdalene in Penitence", "Annunciation"… Francisco Goya's "Water Carrier", "Knife Grinder"… Francisco de Zurbaran's "Apostle St Andrew", Esteban Murillo's "Flight into Egypt"…

    "The Painter Jan Asselyn" by Frans Hals and "Admiral Sir Edward Hughes" painted by Joshua Reynolds are just some of the outstanding portraits in Museum collection.

    Artworks made during 19th and 20th century are not numerous. Among them are "The Wrestlers" by Gustave Courbet, Eduard Manet's "Baudelaire's Mistress Reclining", but also works of Henri de Touloude-Lautrec, Paul Gaugin, Pablo Picasso, Kurt Schwitters…

    Budapest Museum of Fine Arts possess quite nice Egyptian, Ancient Greek and Roman collections.

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    by mikey_e Written Jan 16, 2009

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    Unfortunately, when you stay in a city for several days, you are bound to be there on a szünnap (closing day) and miss out on some of the galleries and museums. In order to get in everything I wanted to see, I had to plan to visit Heroes Square on a Monday, which meant that both the Museum of Fine Arts and the Palace of Art were closed. Nevertheless, I have visited one of the galleries before (5 years ago), so I wasn’t too put out by it. The Museum of Fine Arts is sort of the international equivalent of the Hungarian National Gallery in Buda Castle, as it houses a huge collection of artwork spanning from Ancient Egyptian pieces all the way up to the 20th century, although its specialities are the periods before the 1800s, in particular drawings, prints, sculpture and paintings from the Great Masters, including pieces by Da Vinci, Rembrandt and the Spanish masters. Even if you don’t go into the Museum, the building itself is quite a draw, as it is in magnificent neo-Classical style with huge columns. It was built at the start of the 20th century, when the entire area was being developed, and some of its collection is a reassembly of older collections belonging to the National Gallery and landed estates.

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    by cjg1 Written Dec 31, 2008

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    The Museum of Fine Arts is located in Heroes' Square. The museum was built by Albert Schickedanz and Fülöp Herzog in 1906. The museum collections include: European art, Egyptian art and several pieces from Buda Castle.

    The Italianand Spanish collections are extensive. The works of Goya especially are eye catching.

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    by Gypsystravels Updated Mar 4, 2008

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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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    Szepmuveszeti Muzeum (I&V) PART I

    by Zvrlj Updated Dec 25, 2007

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    History of Budapest Szepmuveszeti Muzeum – Museum of Fine Arts dates back to 17th century. Among the establishes of collection are Hungarian aristocracy, members of families Esterhazy and Szechenyi. Building of the Museum was erected in period between 1900 and 1906. It was designed by Albert Schickedanz and Fulop Herzog. They had won 2nd prize at the competition for the design of Museum building held in 1898, but, due to practicability of plans, their idea had been made into reality. Museum of Fine Arts was opened to public on December the 1st 1906, in the presence of Emperor Franz Joseph. In 2006 Museum celebrated 100 years anniversary by organizing exhibition of works of Vincent van Gogh, and publishing beautiful book "Museum of Fine Arts, Masterpieces from the Collection".

    Collection of Museum of Fine Arts is one if the finest in Europe. Part of collection are two Leonardo's drawings and probably the only one existing sculpture made by him – small bronze "Equestrian Statue". Among other works of Italian masters are "Portrait of a Youth" painted by Giorgione, Raffaello's "Portrait of Pietro Bembo" and "Madonna and Child with the Infant St John", Correggio's "Virgin and Child with an Angel (Madonna del Latte)", paintings made by Gentile Bellini, Andrea del Verrocchio, Titiano Vecellio, Paolo Veronese, Jacopo Tintoretto, Agnolo Bronzino…

    To be continued in PART II…

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    by monkeytrousers Written Jul 24, 2007
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    This museum contains a collection of some nice foreign art from all different periods and styles. There is a very good collection of Spanish and Flemish works and some nice Egyptian, Roman and Greek artefacts and art in the basement.

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    The Museum of Fine Arts

    by viddra Updated Apr 8, 2007

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    This is 1 of 2 museums at both sides of Heroes’ Square. It's on the left.

    The Museum of Fine Arts opened its doors in 1906.

    It has one of the best art collections in the world, with more than 120,000 works, including the remarkable Egyptian, Old Masters and Modern collections.

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    by veigapaula Updated Apr 8, 2007

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    Beautiful collections. My personal selection: the Egyptian and the Flandres/Italian/Spanish paintings.

    The museum shop is great with lots of nice and useful books, notebooks and souvenirs.

    The coffee shop is ideal to have a talk with colleagues having a cappuccino...

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    by klj&a Written Feb 27, 2007

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    As you can see, there was a Van Gogh exhibit when we were in Budapest. The hours of operation are Tues-Sun, 10:00am to 5:30pm. To accomodate everybody who wants to see the Van Gogh exhibit, the museum is also open on Monday temporarily. The exhibit runs through 3/20/07. Some of the collections within the museum include Egyptian artifacts, German art, French/Dutch art, Sculpture, Italian art, Spanish art, 19th and 20th century works.

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    by 1courage Updated Dec 18, 2006

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    The Szépművészeti Múzeum is one of the worlds most famous museums. You can find here objects from the old Egypt (but if you are into egyptology go rather to Cairo), roman sculptures, awesome paintings of big artists, like Bellini, Giorgione, Raffaello, Correggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Dürer, Brueghel Bernart van Orley, Rubens, Frans Hals, El Greco, Velázquez, Murillo, Goya to the XIX./XX. century, Gauguin, Monet, Renoir, Corot...ecc... The construction of the building lasted for several years and it was terminated in 1906. The exteriours are typically neoclassical, while the interiors are pretty diverse. You can find here a real sintesis of the historical styles, fantastic baroque romanic, neorenassaince and other rooms.

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    by nicolaitan Written Nov 26, 2006

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    One of Europe's most important fine arts museums flanks the Hero's Square, with an impressive classical entranceway. Built from plans by Fulop Herzog between 1900-6, it combined multiple large collections of grand masters accumulated over the preceding century. The interior includes a massive lobby, large halls with high arched ceilings, and long regal stairways. When the Hungarian National Gallery was created in 1957, the orientation of this museum canted toward antiquities and European art, without overemphasis on Hungarian artists. Most important, the museum is free unless one chooses to enter the special exhibits or take photographs.

    The most important collection is the Grand Masters paintings ranging from 13-1800 and including works by many of Europe's most famous artists. Other permanent collections include antiquities, European sculpture, and modern art. There are also a huge number of engravings and drawings but this exhibit was not open on our visit. We opted for the special exhibits available - Picasso and Rembrandt. This is a truly enjoyable museum for a real review of major masters.

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    by MichaelFalk1969 Written Aug 24, 2006

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    The Museum of Fine Arts - a fine neo-classical, greek-style building close to the Heroes Square - houses a fine collection of all non-hungarian artists (the Hungarian painters can be found in the National Gallery in Buda Castle). Marvelous - you shouldn`t miss it. The only part of the exhibition that is less worthwhile and might be skipped is the Egyptian Collection, but the paintings collection is simply stunning.

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    Museum of Fine Arts - late evening visit

    by izabellcs Updated Jul 26, 2006
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    As a gallery guide (docent) of the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts (Szépművészeti Múzeum), I highly recommend you to visit this Museum at a Thursday night, that is during the Museum Plus program. This evenings you buy a combined ticket, with which all the galleries and ongoing exhibits are open for you. What's more you can participate at guided tours and musical programs.

    Most of the tours are in Hungarian, although once a night there is an English tour, as well. If you go to the www.szepmuveszeti.hu website (of the Museum), look for the Museum Plus events in English and you will find the actual programs.

    IF NOT IN THE LATE EVENING, go another time. From Tuesday to Saturday there are English language standing tours for free at 11 am. Just meet the guide in the Lobby. Entrance ticket is free for the Permanent Exhibition (Old Masters' Gallery with Cranach, Dürer, Brueghel, an Dyck, Rubens, El Greco, Velazquez, Murillo, Titian, Franz von Stück, etc...), although you need to ask for a free ticket at the Kassza.

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    by Heniko Updated Apr 16, 2006

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    The museum stands on the northern side of Heroes' Square and houses the National collection of non-Hungarian art with items dating back to the Egyptian era. Some count this as one of the most impressive galleries in Central Europe as it's home to works by famed artists such as El Greco, Goya, Rembrant and Rubens. A strong core of the art collection was collected by the Esterh?zy family, once one of the most influential aristocratic families in the country. There are often temporary exhibitions on show and it's therefore worth checking to see what's on beforehand. However, the permanent displays alone are well-worth a visit.

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  • The Museum of Fine Arts

    by cevher Written Jun 15, 2005

    It's open Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 A.M. -15:30 P.M.
    Free of charge
    Free English guided tours Tuesday-Friday at 11:00 A.M.
    The Egyptian Collection
    The collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities
    Old Masters Painting Gallery

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