Canvas tote with Tree of Life pattern

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7000 Ft

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A canvas tote with light blue lining, sturdy dark blue straps, and the same pattern on both sides. The golden apple tree with its slender trunk and rich foliage is a motif that might be familiar from your childhood. This time it wasn't taken from a fairy tale but an equally magical place, the walls of the Museum of Fine Arts, The Romanesque Hall in particular. This newly renovated room has the layout and the design of a Medieval church. Who wouldn't love a bag decorated with a golden apple tree? It is a gift from paradise, a beautiful souvenir to help you recall your museum visit.

On occasion of the reopening of the Museum of Fine Arts (Budapest) we have created the most elegant collection in the history of the MúzeumShop. The golden base of the pattern we used is dotted with peacocks, winged lions and the tree of life. By borrowing these motifs from the walls of the Romanesque Hall we intended to recall the solemn, compelling atmosphere of this museum space. The decorative wall painting of the hall has a symbolic meaning: in medieval Christian art the trees of life and the peacocks, griffons and lions surrounding them were all symbolizing the Garden of Eden and the resurrection of Christ.

The Romanesque Hall, the most ornate part of the interior of the Museum of Fine Arts (built between 1900 and 1906) has been closed off to visitors for over seventy years. Originally each of the three grand halls on the ground floor were meant to present main architectural styles and the history of their respective sculpting by exhibiting plaster copies of world-famous statues in them. The layout of this hall - intended to display the plaster cast copies of Medieval art pieces - was based on the structure of Romanesque churches. The walls were fully covered with fresco images of Christian symbols, Hungarian historical figures, plant ornaments and coat of arms. Thanks to the time capsule unearthed at the start of the reconstruction process we got to learn the names of the creators: the hall's plans were made by János Glaser, Károly Miksa Reissmann was responsible for figurative details and the painting of the ornamental decoration - finished in less than a year - was coordinated by Ottó Beszédes. During World War II, the roof windows got broken and the murals and the plaster casts were severely damaged. Due to lack of resources the damages were not corrected and the hall had to be closed off only to be used as a storage for art pieces for seven decades. Restoring it to its original state lasted eight months (December 2016 - June 2017) and required the work of seventy restorers.

© Museum of Fine Arts: Romanesque Hall

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Weight 0.18 kg
Material cotton
Size Tote: 400 mm x 360 mm; Straps ca. 290 mm.
Back The same as the front.
Lining Blue
How to use Cleaning: Hand wash, do not tumble dry.

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