Art Historians are very good about categorizing art. Everything gets organized into bucket of a particular period or movement, but throughout Hungary, I just found the usual labels to be lacking. While Magyar art and design of the late 19th century draws from several sources, the result is so much more than simple Historicism repeating old designs. They created something unique and truly amazing. It just really resonated with me and so I had to give this style its own name: Exuberant Hungarian. I absolute fell for the Matthias Church in Budapest, with its wild but totally coherent decorative scheme. Take a look and tell me if you’ve ever seen anything like this before, and whether or not you think the “Exuberant Hungarian” moniker fits.
The monthly ArtSmart Roundtable brings together some of the best art-focused travel blogs to post on a common theme. This month we are discussing Spring! Take a look at all the great stories at the bottom of the page.
While Washington D.C. has been stubbornly cold this March, I’m just starting to see the first bulbs pop up. And nothing announces Spring like flowers! Gardens and their exquisite flora have always been a popular subject in Art, but not all of the places in these paintings are made up locations. Let’s take a look at a few of the “real” gardens behind some famous paintings.
One of the thrills of travel is that wide-eyed gasp that inevitably follows after stumbling across something spectacular. I’ve felt this in the past walking into cathedrals, gazing down into valleys, or taking in the beautiful commotion of a market. Quite unexpectedly, I experienced this pure amazement while in Budapest. After stepping curiously through a dark doorway, I discovered the haunting elegance of an abandoned, century old shopping gallery, known as Párizsi Udvar. Exploring this unbelievable ghost was as close to time-traveling as it gets.
I’ve been quiet for a little while because I’ve been in Hungary! The trip was filled with amazing food, beautiful architecture, and some of the most wonderful late 19th century art I’ve ever seen – like the elaborate Crypt of the Cathedral in Pécs below. Looking forward to sharing more soon!
The monthly ArtSmart Roundtable brings together some of the best art-focused travel blogs to post on a common theme. This month we are discussing Art Cities. Below you’ll find a list of all the stories!
This month we also welcome a new member, Lizzie from WanderArti! Her blog features handy city art guides and profiles contemporary artists who are inspired by travel. Be sure to check out her site!
I travel all over the world looking for artistic wonders and historical places, but to be fair, I actually have it really good back home. I live in Washington D.C. and it is a lot more than just the political capital of the US. It is also a world-class art, culture and history destination. From the museums to the architecture to the festivals, Washington DC is a wonderful place to live and to visit!