National Gallery - Magyar Nemzeti Galeria, Budapest

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    Discovering Hungarian painters and sculptors.

    by breughel Updated Dec 28, 2013

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    The Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria) is located inside the Buda Castle (Budavari Palota) Buildings A / B / C / D. Entrance by the square with the equestrian statue of Eugène de Savoie.
    Not to confuse with the Historical Museum Budapesti Történeti Múzeum - Vármúzeum in the E building.

    This gallery with paintings and sculptures is one of the quietest parts of the castle as not much visited by tourists except for special exhibitions like now with French impressionists and post impressionists.

    The permanent collections include objects of Hungarian art from following periods:
    Medieval and Renaissance stonework
    Gothic panel paintings and wood carvings
    Late Gothic winged altars
    Late Renaissance and Baroque Art
    19th century painting
    19th Century Sculpture
    Munkácsy and realism of the century
    20th Before 1945 Century Art
    20th century art after 1945

    What attracted us most is the collection of paintings from the Hungarian school of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
    We discovered with great interest realistic painters like Mihaly Munkacsy who were unknown to us (we are too accustomed to the French or Dutch schools). We had a real "coup de coeur" for "Misère" by J. Jendrassi (1896) and "Brother and sister" from A. Ferriyes.
    The titles of the works are translated into English.

    There was air conditioning in the museum, what with the 35 ° C outside was welcome.
    Open from 10 to 18 pm except on Mondays.
    Permanent collection price: 1400 HUF, reduced to 50% under 26 and over 62 years of EU, free for more than 70 years old. Fee to photograph: 500 HUF.

    There is a Chagall exhibition till 4/01/2014

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    Munkácsy and realism of the 19th century.

    by breughel Updated Mar 15, 2015

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    Munkácsy Mihaly is the most famous painter of the 19th century Hungarian realism and it was very interesting to discover his works.
    Although Munkácsy was rewarded with the Gold Medal of the Salon de Paris in 1870 for his masterpiece "The Last Day of a Condemned Man" and lived later in Paris I haven't seen any work of him at the Musée d'Orsay.

    There are about 30 paintings of him on display in the Magyar Nemzeti Galéria.
    He excelled in genre pictures like "Making lint" (1871) and "Woman carrying faggot" (1873) but later he painted landscapes more in the impressionist style while he worked in Barbizon, France.
    I did especially like his "Alley" of 1886 and from his friend Paál László the "Road to Berzova" (1871).

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    Hungarian 19th century genre pictures.

    by breughel Updated Mar 15, 2015

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    Discovering Hungarian 19th century genre pictures.

    I got initiated and started liking genre pictures under the influence of the Dutch 17th c. painters who were I think the best in that type of subjects.
    The National Hungarian Gallery has on display a number of works from Hungarian genre painters. After the well known Munkacsy I halted in front of paintings from Karcsay Lajos who studied at the Munich Academy were he continued to live while sending his works to various exhibitions in Hungary in the 1880 - 1890s.
    Best known is the often reproduced "Apple Harvest" (or Gathering Apples) from 1886.

    Another typical genre painting is the tavern interior by Hollósy Simon (1888) but I preferred "Sunday afternoon" (1893) one of the major works of Bihari Sandor. I also liked a painting showing the "Communion".
    My favorite was a painting called "Misère" (French word misère = destitution, extreme poverty) by Jendrassik Jeno in 1896 showing a girl looking sadly and sitting at what seems to be a chemist shop.

    All interesting discoveries of the 19th century Hungarian school.

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    My favorite portraits.

    by breughel Updated Mar 15, 2015

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    As the collection of paintings of the Hungarian National Gallery covers a few centuries from the Baroque to the second half of the 20th c. I enjoyed comparing some portraits from the different periods and styles.
    My favorites:
    Astonishing and my absolute favorite is this little girl called "Fifine" by Deak Ebner Lajos (1875).
    The painter was influenced by his friends Paál and Munkácsy and by the French as he staid in Barbizon and Paris. He was the leader of the School for Women Painters in 1887-1922 (! could not imagine this existed). I also much liked his "Woman Hauling Ship" (1881).
    Grown up our Fifine might well look like that woman painted by Szekely Bertalan "Study of a female head" 1880.
    Another highlight of the museum is the "Lady with Black Veil" by Rippl-Ronai Jozsef 1896. He also staid in Paris. His portraits of women are remarkable, they are "sublimated".
    In another style I liked from Zador Istvan "My Wife" (1910).

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    20th Century art.

    by breughel Updated Mar 15, 2015

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    The art of the 20th c. is divided in works from before 1945 and later.

    Personally I preferred the first half of the century with a highlight such as "Brother and Sister" from Fenyes Adolf (1906) or his "Poppy-Seed Cake" 1910.
    From Ferenczy Karoly I liked this "Double Portrait" (1908).
    Among contemporary art works I got amused by this "Ironing bear, or the life is hard" from Kelemen Karoly 1985.
    I removed this photo because there could be a copyright (this work is from 1985) as VT put this photo on the Budapest travel page as illustration for the Hungarian National Gallery.
    Furthermore I think that this painting, certainly amusing, is not representative of the whole collection mainly consisting of realistic works from the 19th century.

    If I had to choose a work to illustrate this museum I would show "Brother and Sister" from Fenyes Adolf (1906) or a painting called "Misere" by Jendrassik Jeno in 1896.
    I looked for more info about this moving representation of a girl looking sadly and sitting at what seems to be a chemist shop but found nothing on the web (to make things confusing there is a homonym who was a physiologist). If somebody could tell me more about this picture, I'll be grateful.

    20th Century art.
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    Hungarian art.

    by breughel Updated Oct 5, 2013

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    The Hungarian National Gallery (called here National Art Gallery) official name Magyar Nemzeti Galeria is located inside the Buda Castle (Budavari Palota) Buildings A / B / C / D. Entrance is by the square with the equestrian statue of Eugene de Savoie.

    The permanent collections include objects of Hungarian art from following periods:
    Medieval and Renaissance stonework
    Gothic panel paintings and wood carvings
    Late Gothic winged altars
    Late Renaissance and Baroque Art
    19th century painting
    19th Century Sculpture
    Munkácsy and realism of the century
    20th Before 1945 Century Art
    20th century art after 1945

    What attracted us most is the collection of paintings from the Hungarian school of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
    For details see my reviews:
    20th Century art.
    My favorite portraits.
    Hungarian genre pictures.
    Munkácsy and realism of the 19th century.
    Religious art - Hungarian Altarpieces.

    Hungarian National Gallery Altarpiece Hungary 1483.
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    Religious art - Hungarian Altarpieces.

    by breughel Updated Oct 5, 2013

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    The transition from the 19th and 20th c. paintings to the religious art was somewhat abrupt but not without interest.
    With age I became, quite logically, interested in tombs, I fancy the "gisants" (ref my reviews about Dijon Tomb of Philip the Bold.) but also in winged altarpieces. I developed some envy for historical personalities who after killing a fair number of their contemporaries paid for an altarpiece in some church to obtain forgiveness for their sins.

    Visiting museums over Europe I often met altarpieces made in my country (see my review Museum of Art and History (Brussels) - Carved altarpieces so that I was surprised and interested to see here Hungarian altarpieces whose style is different from those of Flanders or Brabant but closer to what I saw in the churches of Krakow The Choir of the Bazylika Mariacka..

    On the first floor and in the former throne-room of the palace are on display a total of fifteen winged altarpieces from the 15th and 16th century. They came from churches mainly located in Upper Northern Hungary. There had been winged altars in the whole territory of Hungary but the Turkish invaders and the Protestant iconoclasts destroyed many of them.
    From the parish church at Kisszeben were preserved an Annunciation altarpiece and sculptures from the high altar. Other typical altarpieces are the Virgin Mary from Nagyszalok and the St. Anne from Leibic.

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    Magyar Nemzeti Galeria=Hungarian National Gallery

    by breughel Written Oct 8, 2013

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    The Hungarian National Gallery official name Magyar Nemzeti Galeria is located inside the Buda Castle (Budavari Palota) Buildings A / B / C / D. Entrance is by the square with the equestrian statue of Eugene de Savoie.

    The permanent collections include objects of Hungarian art from following periods:
    Medieval and Renaissance stonework
    Gothic panel paintings and wood carvings
    Late Gothic winged altars
    Late Renaissance and Baroque Art
    19th century painting
    19th Century Sculpture
    Munkácsy and realism of the century
    20th Before 1945 Century Art
    20th century art after 1945

    What attracted us most is the collection of paintings from the Hungarian school of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
    For details see my reviews:
    20th Century art.
    My favorite portraits.
    Hungarian genre pictures.
    Munkácsy and realism of the 19th century.
    Religious art - Hungarian Altarpieces.

    Virgin Mary altar.
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    Hungarian National Gallery at Buda Castle

    by Jefie Updated Nov 11, 2012

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    One of the perks of visiting the Hungarian National Gallery is that it gives you access to some of the 203 the stately rooms that were built and decorated in Baroque and Rococo styles during the reign of Maria Teresa (1740-1780). Descriptions are given to let visitors know what each room used to be. Established in 1957, the gallery's permanent collection houses Hungarian works of art from the Medieval era to the 20th century and thus serves as an interesting art history lesson. Not knowing much about Hungarian art, I thought it was especially interesting to see how it was influenced by the main European art movements. Temporary exhibitions are also on display.

    Hungarian National Gallery at Buda Castle Courtside view of the gallery
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    Fine Arts in Hungary - Hungarian National Gallery

    by csordila Updated Nov 30, 2008

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    The collection comprises thousands of Hungarian paintings and sculptures of all times from the 10th century right through to the present.
    The Gallery is made up of six permanent exhibitions from the mediaeval stone carvings till the artworks of present days. A real treat for art lovers and it is impossible to see all of them in one day. You shoud be selective, and concentrate only to the art works you are most interested in. My favourite is the 20th-Century Painting up to 1945.
    Guided tours in English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish are available upon prior request.
    On the ground floor of Building C, you can visit the crypt of the Habsburg palatines (viceroys).

    Entrance fee 800 HUF, Budapest Card accepted, for details look on website
    Opening Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. every day except Monday

    Exhibition rooms of 20th-Century Painting On a hillside by I. Farkas Winter landscape with fence by S. Ziffer The ruins of Taormina Greek Theatre  by  Csontv��ry Zebeg��ny funeral  by Istvan Szonyi
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    National Gallery

    by nicolaitan Updated Nov 6, 2006

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    The National Gallery of Hungary occupies the major and central portion of the Royal Palace and has an extensive art collection dating from the 11th Century to current and documenting Hungarian art through this entire period. The Museum dates from 1957 and has occupied this location since 1975. The permanent exhibits are divided into several sections, including sacred and secular art ranging from sculptures and paintings to winged altarpieces to modern art. Featured are the most famous of Hungarian painters of the last several hundred years.

    It is easy to spend hours in this museum for obvious reasons. I should note that signage for the most famous artwork is lacking at least in English and I am sure we walked right past some of the most important artworks, which is disappointing. Apparently, guided tours can be had for a reasonable price. In retrospect, had we been aware, the guided tour would have been a wise choice. However, the palace of course is magnificent and the National Gallery should be an important stopping point on the Castle Hill.

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    Hungarian National Gallery

    by Gypsystravels Updated Mar 4, 2008

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    Some of the most comprehensive and beautiful works of arts by Hungarian artists can be found in this museum. There are six galleries representing the “most valuable and critically acclaimed Hungarian art in the world".

    A general entrance fee is charged for the permanent galleries and a special fee for the temporary galleries.

    NOTE: If you plan to photograph any of the galleries, please make sure to pay the special "photography fee" or you will be highly disappointed to know that the guards will not allow you to take any photos. I had already been to a few other musuems and asked upon purchasing my entrance fee if there was a photography fee.

    Purple Dress - Szinyei Mese Pal Naked Blue Skies - Szinyei Mese Pal
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    HUNGARIAN NATIONAL GALLERY

    by ViajesdelMundo Written Jul 30, 2009

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    I found this to be a most pleasant museum with such a wide range of art, to suit all tastes: Medieval and Renaissance stone carvings, panel paintings and woden sculptures from the Gothic Period; late Renaissance and Baroque art; 19th century paintings of famed Hungarian artists, Mihaly Munkacsy and Paul Laszlo, as well as much 20th century art.

    OPEN: Tues - Suns. 10 - 18:00

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    Hungarian National Gallery Late Gothic Alterpieces

    by Gypsystravels Updated Mar 1, 2008

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    The Late Gothic Alterpieces are one of the permanent star exhibits here at the gallery. They are found in the Great Throne Room. The folding alterpieces mainly date to the 15th and early 16th centuries. While the alterpieces are purely gothic, some of the paintings and sculptures that adorn them reveal some Renaissance influence.

    The Alterpieces are breathtaking and there is a peace and serenity you find in this room.

    NOTE:The second picture is of The Annunciation from Parish Church St. John the Baptist in Kisszeben 1515-1520. The third pic is the High Altar of the Virgin Mary from Csíkmenaság, Transylvania, dated 1543; the fifth pic is statues of St. John, Virgin & Child, St. Peter from the High Alter of Kisszeben 1490-1500.

    The Great Throne Room The Annunciation Alterpiece High Altar of the Virgin Mary from Cs��kmenas��g St. John, Virgin & Child, St. Peter
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    Buda Castle is the Hungarian National GAllery

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 15, 2009

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    Called Magyar Nemzeti GAllery-it is inside the royal Buda Castle. There are a number of great items inside. They include many lovely paintings, and sculptures. It has 6,000 paintings, 2,100 sculptures, and thousands of drawings. There are three main very large floors and the grand staircase is worth the entry alone. This museum opened in the Buda Palace in 1957 and has been updated since. The stairs and a lot of the building floors are of rich, fabulous red marble, and railings have designs in hardwoods. It is one of the best in Europe, if the time permits to study the fabulous items. The center displays are unique, with glass figures hanging from strings from the top of the dome; shown below. Cost is 800 Huff and open 10-6 except Mondays.

    Ticket information Front entrance to palace View from distance of palace Contemporary glass molded figurines on strings View of the hanging glass figurines
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