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Pages of the Hungarian Angevin Legendary were on view at the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, in the following exhibition:
June 19 - September 13, 2009
2008 - Renaissance Year in Hungary
In 2008, a series of exhibitions were devoted to the period of King Matthias Corvinus (1458-1490). Most significant was the coordinated effort of four museums, titled 4 times on Renaissance. Thematically and chronologically, these independent exhibitions complemented one another, giving visitors a comprehensive overview of 15th century Hungarian culture.
The exhibitions were the following:
National Széchényi Library, Budapest: Star in the Shadow of the Raven - János Vitéz and the Beginnings of Humanism in Hungary
This exhibition surveyed the beginnings of Hungarian humanism up to approximately the late 1470s. A special focus was the personality and the library of archbishop János Vitéz.
Budapest History Museum, Budapest: MATTHIAS CORVINUS, THE KING - Tradition and renewal in the Hungarian Royal Court 1458-1490
The exhibition gave a complete overview of the personality and court of King Matthias. Accompanied by an English-language catalogue.
of Applied Arts, Budapest:
Dowry of Beatrice - The beginnings of Italian Majolica and the Court
of King Matthias Corvinus
The goal of this exhibition was twofold: to
present the 15th century origins of Italian majolica art while presenting
its most important monuments, and second: to study and demonstrate the
origins and creation of works in the majolica workshop of Buda. The famous
Corvinus dishes, made in Pesaro, wer shown. See also the museum
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest: The Legacy Of King Matthias - Late Renaissance Art In Hungary
The exhibition set out to present the history of Renaissance art in Hungary and to interpret the era within the culture of the early modern age as a whole. It looks at how Renaissance art in Hungary, which today is inextricably linked to the name of the great king subsequently developed.
2006 - Sigismundus Rex et Imperator
In 2006, the largest and most important exhibition
ever dedicated to the art and culture of medieval Hungary opened at the
Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest. Titled
Sigismundus - Rex et Imperator, Art
and Culture under the Last Ruler of the Luxemburg Dynasty, 1387-1437,
the exhibition traveled later in 2006 to the Musée
national d'histoire et d'art in Luxembourg.
The exhibition is accompanied by a complete website, accompanied by a detailed online guide, see www.sigismundus.hu!
As a concurrent event, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and Prague Castle Administration will dedicate an exhibition to the last rulers of the Luxemburg dynasty, titled 'Prague, The Crown of Bohemia, 1347-1437'
The Art of the Late Middle Ages - A series of exhibitions worldwide in 2004
The year 2004 has seen a large number of exhibitions dedicated to the art of medieval Europe and the Mediterranean during the 14-15th centuries, ranging from English Gothic to Late Byzantine art. As you see above, this series will continue this year and after at New York, Prague, Budapest and Luxembourg.
The most important medieval exhibitions of 2004 were:
Earlier exhibitions on medieval Hungary
Archive - Selections from featured internet links:
(please keep in mind that some of these links may be broken)
Recommended website for winter 2004-2005: Sigismundus - Rex et Imperator, Art and Culture under the Last Ruler of the Luxemburg Dynasty, 1387-1437.
A major international exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest. On view in Budapest during the Spring, and still to be seen at the Musée national d'histoire et d'art in Luxembourg until October 15.
Recommended website for winter 2004-2005: The homepage of the Christian Museum in Esztergom, one of the most important collections of medieval art in Hungary. I especially recommend the Collection of Hungarian Late Gothic Painting and Sculpture, but the Museum has a rich collection of medieval Austrian and German painting, as well as a world famous Italian Trecento and Renaissance painting collection, along with many other treasures.
Recommended website for Fall 2004: An illustrated overview of the Hungarian Coronation insignia, featured on the homepage of Bildarchiv Foto Marburg. With photographs by Károly Szelényi. For further information on the crown and regalia, see my page on the insignia.
Recommended website for Spring 2004: A series of databases created by Arcanum - A collection of historical databases. Selecting Gesta will lead to databases of historical geography and medieval family history in Hungary. Selecting Magyar Országos Levéltár will give you access to the database of pre-1526 charters in the collection of the Hungarian National Archives. Some knowledge of Hungarian is needed to navigate the site.
Recommended web site for Fall 2003: The Digital Corvina Library - Széchényi National Library, Budapest. The database aims to create a virtual reconstruction of the celebrated library of King Matthias Corvinus (1458-1490). So far the site is only in Hungarian, but clicking on "Corvinák" on the menu will take you to digital facsimiles of a number of manuscripts.
Recommended website for April-May 2002: The Collections of the Benedictine Archabbey of Pannonhalma - An overview of the Collection of Antiquities, Picture Gallery, Library, Tresury, etc. with photos and descriptions of objects. For the abbey itself, see http://www.osb.hu.
Recommended web site for December 2001: OTTO DER GROSSE - Magdeburg und Europa - official website of the exhibition at Magdeburg.
Recommended website for October 2001: A Thousand Years of Christianity in Hungary - Homepage of the Hungarian exhibition at the Vatican Museums, with short description of select objects.
Recommended website for September 2001: L'Europe des Anjou - Homepage of an exhibition held at the Abbey of Fontevraud, to celebrate the glorious past of the Angevin dynasty. Central France (Anjou), Naples, Hungary, Croatia, and Poland are among the territories and countries where they ruled. The exhibition presents objects from these places, focusing on the 14th century. Open June 16 - Sept. 16, 2001. An exhibition catalogue is available. More information on the homepage of the Croatian Embassy in France.
Recommended website for March 2001: Hungarian National Museum – see the pages on the Highlights of the Collections, including medieval objects, as well as the page on Exhibitions (With links to the Coronation mantle and the Medieval lapidary.)
Recommended website for February 2001: Dress, Jewels, Arms and Coat of Arms: Material Culture and Self-Representation in the Late Middle Ages - A site by the Medieval Studies Department, Central European University
Recommended website for October 2000: -Medieval Manuscript Manual - Created by the Medieval Studies Department, Central European University
-The Cathedral Museum of Pécs is now open (Fall 2004). The museum displays the richest ensemble of Romanesque stone carving known from Hungary. The portals, staircase walls and stone altars of the cathedral are reassembled inside the museum, along with great many other carvings and fragments.
-On January 1st, 2000, the Holy Crown of Hungary was moved to the building of the Hungarian Parliament from the Hungarian National Museum. The spectre, orb and the coronation sword moved to Parliament as well, but the Coronation Mantle remains at the National Museum. Thus the units of the only medieval ensemble of coronation regalia surviving intact have unfortunately been separated. See my page on the Crown.
-On November 10th, 1999, the new exhibition of Northern Gothic Sculpture has opened at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest. The collection has not been on view for decades. Currently altogether 60 pieces are on display, including French, Netherlandish, German and Austrian pieces of the 13th to early 16th centuries, carved out of ivory, stone and wood. Two complete altarpieces are also exhibited. The descriptive catalogue of the collection was written over twenty years ago (Jolán Balogh, Katalog der ausländischen Bildwerke des Museums der Bildenden Künste in Budapest, IV.-XVIII. Jahrhundert, I-II. Budapest: Akadémiai, 1975.), a new catalogue of the Gothic pieces is awaiting publication. In the Spring of 2004, the exhibition closed for an uncertain time.
-A fourteenth-century royal throne carpet has been recovered at the Buda castle excavations. The carpet has been recovered from a well in very good condition. It is a large silk patchwork (240x110 cm) decorated with Angevine coats of arms. It will be displayed after restoration in the Budapest Historical Museum. The same well has yielded a number of other interesting objects made of wood, leather and other materials, all preserved in good condition. The excavations still go on.
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