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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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    Museum of Fine - International - Arts.

    by breughel Updated Dec 25, 2013

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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.

    Open: Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
    Closed on Mondays.
    Full price: HUF 1800 ( ± 6 €)
    10% discount: HUF 1600
    50% discount: HUF 900
    Much to my satisfaction in Budapest they like elderly: Free for over 70 from the EU.

    Photo permit (without flash): HUF 300

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    Szepmuveszeti Muzeum - Museum of Fine Arts

    by MedioLatino Written Nov 22, 2004

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    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).

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    Old Master Paintings - German.

    by breughel Written Dec 28, 2013

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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 Arts ( 5 images)

    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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    Old Master Paintings - Flemish.

    by breughel Written Dec 25, 2013

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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.

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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

    front of the Museum of Fine Arts main lobby atrium Raphael's Bronzino's
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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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    Old Master Paintings - Dutch.

    by breughel Written Dec 27, 2013

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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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    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 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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    Museum of fine Arts(Szépművészeti múzeum)

    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.

    The Main Tympanon of the museum the lateral facade The museum from the Andr��ssy street The posterior facade of the Museum Another tympanon

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    Museum of Fine Arts

    by Fen Updated Jan 7, 2004

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    Antique collection:
    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.
    Egyptian collection:
    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.

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    Museum of Fine Arts

    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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    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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