The Arrival of the Holy Crown at Buda
Budapest History Museum
Engraving on paper
H: 72 cm; w: 58.7 cm
The history of the Holy Crown goes back a long way and tells a story full of dramatic event. During the reign of Queen Maria Theresia, the Holy Crown was preserved in Vienna. In 1780, when the Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II (1765–1790), son of Maria Theresia, ascended to the Hungarian throne, the Holy Crown was kept in Vienna but Joseph II refused to be crowned with it or take the coronation oath. For this reason he was named Pál Ányos, and this is why his nickname “king of Hut” was widespread all over in Hungary. Following his death, the Holy Crown was returned to Buda in a ceremonial procession to the Royal Castle. On the occasion the diet was summoned there, which had last happened in 1530. The engraving represents the ceremonial procession, and is well known as the first and only example of such a festive event in Hungary.View Short Description
An engraved representation of the return of the Holy Crown of Hungary from Vienna to Buda in 1790.
On the basis of the object itself
Purchased from an art dealer between the two world wars in Budapest.
Budapest az Újkorban (Budapest in the Modern Times), (ed. G. Szvoboda Dománszky), Budapest, 1995, p.23.
Beatrix Basics "The Arrival of the Holy Crown at Buda" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;BAR;hu;Mus11_A;44;en
Prepared by: Beatrix Basics
Copyedited by: Terézia BardiTerézia Bardi
NAME: Terézia Anna
AFFILIATION: National Trust of Monuments for Hungary
TITLE: Art Historian, Vice Director for Research at The National Trust of
Monuments for Hungary; MWNF DBA local co-ordinator (Hungary), author
Terézia Bardi, Vice Director for Research at the National Trust of Monuments for Hungary since 2004, was awarded her MA in History and History of Art at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. After a period of fellowships mainly in Italy, Terézia gained her PhD from the Faculty of Art History at the same university for her thesis Presentation and Representation – the European Reception of the Liberation of Buda in 1686: Feast and Public Opinion. Her main fields of research are 17th-and18th-century Baroque and Rococo: the spectacles, festival decorations and associated iconography – including theatre productions of the period – and interior decoration of historic houses. Since 1988, she has edited a number of art historical books that include some on Oriental art and architecture. She is MWNF DBA’s local (Hungarian) co-ordinator, author and copy-editor.
Translation by: Beatrix Basics
Translation copyedited by: Mandi Gomez
MWNF Working Number: HU 67
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