Hungarian National Gallery : Michelin's recommendations
This museum is entirely devoted to Hungarian painting and sculpture from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. The collections are spread over 4 storeys. In the ancient throne room on the 1st floor, there is a beautiful collection of altarpieces from the late Gothic period. The art of the altarpiece, which flourished in the 15th century and the start of the 16th century, is shown here by triptychs and polyptichs coming from the old counties of Szepes (Altar of Szepes), Sáros (Altar of Mary Magdalene), Liptó (Altar of Saint André), Zólyom (Altar of Saint Martin) and Csík (High Altar of the Descent of the Holy Ghost). Among the 19th-century painting, the work of Mihály Munkácsy and László Paál, who were bound by a great friendship, are of note. The former studied in Berlin, Munich and Paris. In the The Condemned Cell, his painting took a realistic and dramatic turn, in contrast to his more lyrical Woman carrying bushwood set against a landscape, which he painted during a stay in Barbizon. Paál was greatly influenced by the Barbizon school and this can be seen in his painting of landscapes (Midi, In the forest of Fontainebleau, Landscape with cows). Pál Színyei Merse's Picnic in May, a subject of many impressionist paintings, is another important work. The museum also has paintings of interest on historical subject, such as Baptism of Vajk (the future king, Stephen I) by Gyula Benczúr and a masterpiece on the first-floor landing, The attack of Zrínyi by Peter Krafft.
- Address : Szent György Tér H - Budapest 10141014Budapest
- Phone : 2019082
- E-mail : email@example.com
- Website : http://www.mng.hu
- Prices : 1200 HUF
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