The Penitent Mary Magdalene
Old Master Paintings
Ground Floor - 28 October 2022 – 19 February 2023
The exhibition seeks to present an all-embracing overview about the oeuvre of El Greco (1541–1614), one of the foremost masters in the history of European art, while allowing an insight into the full complexity of forms he applied and his astounding stylistic development.
The Museum of Fine Arts – whose exceptional Spanish collection preserves the most works by El Greco in Europe after Spain – will host the first large-scale Hungarian exhibition devoted to the master, thus settling a long-term debt to the public. The displayed works are loaned from the world’s most prestigious public collections, including the Museo Nacional del Prado and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the National Gallery in London and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Besides featuring El Greco’s oeuvre, the exhibition seeks to evoke the environment in which the master lived, studied and worked in an attempt to provide the context for how he drew on the various influences, such as the teachings of Italian masters and the models he adopted, and how he built them into his works. The exhibition will also feature works by two of El Greco’s closest followers: those by his son, Jorge Manuel Theotokopulos, and those by Luis Tristán. The eighty or so pieces, including more than forty autograph masterpieces will allow visitors to gain a comprehensive insight into El Greco’s unrivalled art.
An English-language audio guide service is available for the 20 featured works of art in the exhibition. The service includes the audio guide for the permanent exhibition; costs 1100 HUF.
On-site guided tours may be ordered for groups at least one week before the visit, for more information please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The curator of the exhibition is Dr Leticia Ruiz Gómez, the director of the Royal Collections of the Patrimonio Nacional of Spain and the author of the new catalogue raisonné on El Greco, which is in the making.
Major sponsors of the exhibition: CIB Bank, MVM
Cooperating partners: Porche Hungária, Danubius Hotels