New Exhibitions, New Location
Light And Shadow
Our exhibition is a selection of works from the Eger Gallery. It focuses on landscapes and the multifaceted relationship of man to nature. This genre expresses a wide range of messages, from the idyllic harmony of life, sunny serenity and the symbolic meaning of light to a misty, overcast, rainy sky and its expression of the fragility of human existence amid the raging dark forces of nature.
The incorporation of natural elements in European pictorial art was an essential feature of biblical themes from the late Gothic period onwards. During the Italian Renaissance, landscape backgrounds were commonplace, almost obligatory. It was only in the 17th century in the Low Countries - the Netherlands and Flanders - that landscape painting became a genre in its own right, recognising the laws of perspective and aerial perspective. Landscapes can provide a background for religious and mythological scenes, battle scenes and portraits. They shed a stronger light on the picture's message and shade its mood. In the 19th century, the popularity of open-air painting grew, introduced by English and French painters. This development led to works filled with light. They reflected and reflected the painter's mood, the here and the now, and the scene's beauty. The focus on sky and light led to impressionism.
Paintings range from symbolic or ancient landscapes evoking the spirit of the past to the idealised or ideal landscapes drenched in light. You also find the sublime representation of nature to the profane or local. Only you can decide what these very personal works mean to you. The collection includes examples of outstanding Hungarian Romantic landscape paintings that helped reinforce our national identity.
Landscape painting is popular because people adore nature, increasingly feel responsible for it, and even see it as a last refuge from their busy lives.
The Eger Picture Gallery is a collection of paintings collected in the former Lyceum Museum, founded by Archbishop Béla Bartakovics in 1872, then held in trust by Istvan Dobó István Castle Museum for the Archdiocese of Eger, complemented by our own purchases over the past sixty years. This European collection is one of the most important in Hungary. You can see Italian, Dutch, French, Austrian and German masters from the 16th-19th centuries and Hungarian artists from the 18th-19th century. The high quality of the works is reflected in the growing interest shown by museums abroad from countries such as Italy, Austria, Spain, the Netherlands, the United States of America, Germany and France in the collection's outstanding pieces. Since the 1980s, several major international thematic or monographic exhibitions have featured paintings from Eger.