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Eight Centuries of Drawings and Prints in the Collections of the Museum of Fine Arts – Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
This jubilee album settles a long overdue debt, and allows readers to pay simultaneous tribute to eight centuries of international drawn and printed art, to the entry into state ownership, a century and a half ago, of a remarkable aristocratic art collection, and to the earnest efforts to expand the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts – Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest, that have continued ever since. This volume contains a wide selection of the finest drawings and prints that are held in the Museum, focusing on the centuries-old traditions of the genre, its incessant ability to renew itself, its technical diversity, and its varied solutions of form. The more than 500 prints and drawings that are reproduced on these pages offer the most powerful evidence of the inseparability between thought and creativity, which is unquestionably the most valuable function of art.
The different collections at the Museum of Fine Arts – Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest preserve combined holdings of tens of thousands of drawings and almost two hundred thousand prints, dating from ca. 1300 to the present day. Only a fraction of this vast and unique collection of high-quality artworks is known to the public, or indeed to the art profession, because works on paper are too delicate and fragile to be featured in permanent exhibitions. They can only be shown from time to time at temporary exhibitions or presented in publications, offering selections that are chosen according to a variety of criteria. Prints and drawings are genres with particular properties, and their characteristics and potentials have occupied artists and art thinkers in almost every period in art history. This jubilee album is intended to carry on this tradition, dealing with the topic from a twenty-first-century perspective. This particular anniversary commemorates 150 years since the Esterházy collection, which forms the core of the Collection of Prints and Drawings at the Museum of Fine Arts, was purchased by the Hungarian state in 1871.
|Editor(s)||Kinga Bódi, Kata Bodor|
|Publisher||Museum of Fine Arts – Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest|
|Pages and Illustartions||536 pages with colour illustrations|