This site is dedicated to fine arts in Hungary from the beginnings in the Romanesque period up to the mid 20th century. The exhibition, opened in 1997, was continuously developed since its opening, however, it was in 2003 when an opportunity arised to redesign and significantly enhance it. As a result the upgraded collection was published in February 2004 both in Hungarian and in English.
Within the often changing borders of Hungary during its history, fine arts developed in strong interaction with European art, and although they always reflected European tendencies, they retained a strong character of their own. All artists, irrespective of origin, who worked in the country, contributed to their formation. In addition, Hungarian artists who spent a significant part of their career away from the country but retained contacts with Hungarian art and artists, also participated in the development of fine arts in Hungary. In spite of the abundance of invaluable artworks, Hungarian fine arts are somewhat underrated outside the country. It is, therefore, our objective to present a full range of painting and sculpture in Hungary to a world-wide general public by introducing artists and their most important artworks.

By viewing the pictures, browsing through the biographies and comments on the artworks, you can have an outline of all trends, from the fragments of Romanesque wall paintings and architectural sculpture, to be followed by Gothic and Renaissance miniatures, winged altarpieces and carvings, then the works of baroque, classicist and romanticist periods, up to the modern era which started at the end of the 19th century and culminated in the abundance of great artists and artworks in the first half of the 20th century. Guided tours are introduced to explain the historical and stylistic relationships existing between artists and artworks.
Fine Arts in Hungary (5.100 images) is part of a larger project aiming to utilize the Internet technologies in public education, in schools and in research on the fields of fine arts. Web Gallery of Art (22.000 images) provides a European background by the comprehensive presentation of European painting and sculpture from the 12-18th centuries, while Szentendre Virtual Art Exhibition (1.800 images) explores the possibilities to present contemporary art. István Szőnyi and his Circle (250 images), and Mattis Teutsch and Der Blaue Reiter (450 images) aim to elaborate Internet tools for art historians and museum curators, while Landscapes by Thomas Ender (220 images) those for librarians.

The project is continued for achieve the above objective. Simultaneously to adding new images we intend to broaden the scope of the collection by extending it to the fields of architecture and applied arts, as well as extending the time-frame up to the end of the 20th century. Background information related to history, literature and culture will be added. It is highly important to work out the methods by which the interactivity of the visitors - both with the editors of the website and with each other - can be increased. Regarding the research activities, the main objective is to build a large, professional database consisting authentic data. To support the work of the museum curators our objective is to create virtual models of planned exhibitions then digital archives of realized exhibitions.

In addition to the Ministry of Informatics and Communication, providing the grant, and the permanent sponsor KFKI System Integration Ltd. sponsor we are indebted to the directors and curators of the museums who contributed to the setup of this site by their encouragement, expertise and work, as well as to Mr. Tamás Kieselbach who provided us the reproductions of his excellent collection. Many thanks are due to the head and coworkers of the MTA KFKI RMKI Computer Networking Center who provided us the possibility to publish and maintain the Web-site.
Welcome to this virtual museum, please start your visit by using the navigation tools at the top and the bottom of the page.
Please send your comments, sign our guestbook and send a postcard.
Created and maintained by Emil Krén and Dániel Marx; sponsored by the T-Systems Hungary Ltd.