Author(s): EKSERDJIAN DAVID
Leonardo, Raphael, Cranach, Rubens, Rembrandt, Poussin, D#65533;rer, Monet, Chagall, Picasso, and Schiele--these and other great European artists are represented in this superb book, which showcases one of Europe's finest but lesser-known art collections, that of the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest. The museum was formed in the 19th century by the Hungarian government, with the aim of creating a public collection through the acquisition of private collections. The most significant of these, the Esterh#65533;zy collection, included important Old Master paintings and fine Old Master drawings. Building on the Esterh#65533;zy works, the museum has continued to acquire European art dating from the 14th to the 20th centuries. Over 200 works from the collection are reproduced here alongside a selection of works from the Hungarian National Gallery. Texts by eminent scholars explore the history of the museum and include entries on each work.