This is a personal blog about Hungarian art history. It does not aim to give a full picture; instead, it reflects my own interests and views. That said, one of the reasons for starting it was the realisation that there is fairly little out there on the web about Hungarian art history in English – and here I am not talking about web galleries, but substantial information on new research, on current questions and scholarly debates. I hope that by blogging in English about my favourite topics I will be able to fill a little part of that void.
My name is Nóra Veszprémi, and I am an art historian specialising in 19th-century art. Predictably, most of the posts here will be about the 19th and early 20th century. Please bear with me.
The posts published here are meant for a wider, international audience, not (just) scholars of Hungarian art history, therefore I am purposedly avoiding scholarly language. Instead of a complete bibliography, I am only referencing the publications on which the post is based – that is, recent publications of the latest original research. Those who are interested can find further reading by consulting these works.
At present, I teach nineteenth-century art history at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. Before that, I worked at the Hungarian National Gallery, and this blog came into being at that time. The views expressed are solely mine and do not represent the institution. On the other hand, as I progressed with the posts I realised that they are mostly connected to past exhibition and research projects of the HNG. In the last decades, a long series of exhibitions and catalogues threw new light on the oeuvres of individual artists, as well as questions such as the institutional framework of Hungarian art in the 19th century, the representation of history in Hungarian art throughout the centuries, or the reflection of the ever-changing concepts of the “nation” in art. This blog showcases just a tiny bit of all this. I am immensely grateful for having had the opportunity to take part in a few of these projects. As this is a personal blog, my readers will hopefully allow me to say that, in fact, I am proud of it. Some of the research featured on this blog is my own, but even in those cases, I was standing on the shoulders of – not scary giants, but – my colleagues and friends. They are worthy of all respect.
Texts © Nóra Veszprémi
Photos of artworks from the collection of the HNG © Hungarian National Gallery