The Romanesque Hall in the Budapest Museum returns to former glory

After three years of restoration, the Romanesque Hall of the Museum of Fine Arts of Budapest began to receive visitors, which was seriously damaged during World War II and closed to the public for more than seventy years. The total cost of repairs amounted to about 40 million euros, and now the Hungarian capital is open to a number of ambitious art projects. The first of these was the exhibition for the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci.The museum was built in the early 1900s, when the Hungarian half of the Austro-Hungarian Empire began searching for its national identity. The institution has a large collection of works of European art, including the Madonna Esterhazy by Raphael (c. 1508), Giorgione's Portrait of a Young Man (c. 1508/10), and St. John the Baptist's Preaching by Peter Bruegel the Elder (1566) and other great masters.The Romanesque Hall of the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, which was closed after World War II. Photo: Szepmuveszeti Muzeum The hall is the most ornate room on the ground floor. It is decorated in the style of a Romanesque basilica, and the walls are painted with images of key figures of Hungarian history. However, it was used for decades as a repository - until February 2015, recovery began. Nearly 70 conservatives participated in the project, using methods and techniques usually intended for Romanesque churches. The hall and a number of new basements opened on October 31, and the rest of the renovated museum should begin work by mid-2019.Madonna and Child with John the Baptist (Madonna Esterhazy) Raphael Santi1508, 28.5 × 21.5 cmPortrait of a young man (Antonio Broccardo) Giorgione1510, 72.5 × 54 cmSermon of St. John the BaptistPiter Bruegel the Elder1566, 95 × 160.5 cmBlack pigsPole Gaugen1891, 91 × 72 cmThe water delivery carrier Francisco Goya1812, 68 × 50 cm While in the institution there is a special exhibition dedicated to the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci. It is built around a bronze statuette of a reared horse with a horseman, which is attributed to the master of the Renaissance. The exhibition features almost twenty works borrowed from foreign collections - ten drawings by Leonardo and sculptures by his colleagues, inspired by the master. The curators examine the technical problems of creating large-scale sculpture, which da Vinci sought to solve for more than four decades. The exhibition will run until January 6, 2019.Equestrian statuette of Leonardo da Vinci1516, 24.3 cm Arthive: read us in the Telegram and see on Instagram
According to the materials of the official website of the Museum of Fine Arts of Budapest and The Art Newspaper