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…
The building of the Museum of Fine Arts was designed by Albert Schickedanz (just as the Hall of Art on the other side of the Square).
The foundation of the Museum was decided in 1896, the work started in 1900 and the Museum opened it's doors in 1906.
The museum is hosting Egyptian, antique and also temporary 20th century expositions.
Open from 10 am to 5:30 pm (closed on Monday).
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.
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
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
[…] 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.
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.
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.
Mainly Greek and Roman works of Art, marble sculptures, more than thousand works of plastic art, bronze works, vases with red and black figures painted by famous painters.
Sculptures from all Egyptian Ages, including some outstanding works, painted mummy coffins, plastics.
Antique picture gallery
This is the most significant collection of the Museum. The gallery introduces the development of Europian painting from 1300 to 1800. In this respect the Museum is one of the best ordered collections in Europe.
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.
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.
The largest fine arts museum of Hungary, supposed to be one of the most important museums of old fine art in Europe. This museum with its great collections of old-masters' pictures and sculptures is located at Heroes Square. Among others you can see there Durer's and Picasso's graphics and paintings of Bruegel the Elder, Chagall, Gauguin, Goya, el-Greco (the biggest collection in the world except from Prado in Madrit), Manet, Memling, Rembrant, Rubens and more. Also art of ancient Egipt is worth to notice. Big part of Museum's collection was presented to it by Esterhazy family, .
Open from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. (closed on Mondays).
Entrance: adults 800 forints (~3 euro), children 400 forints. Additional fees for taking photos and videotaping.
With over a hundred thousand works of art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest needs an enormous building to house them, and it has one. The huge, imposing neoclassical museum was built after the smaller Palace of Arts opposite it on Heroes Square, but now absolutely dwarfs it. If it wasn't set back so far from the square, it would cast a huge shadow across it.
While the Palace of Arts focuses on contemporary art, the Szépművészeti Múzeum concentrates on older works, especially the masters. It has over 3000 masterpieces covering five centuries, and featuring works by the likes of Rubens, Titian and Goya. It has some other impressive sections too, including ancient Egyptian art and a collection of sculptures that includes work from Leonardo da Vinci.
Entry: 1400 forints. Closed mondays.
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.
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 :)
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.