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Baroque Splendor: The Art of the Hungarian Goldsmith


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The Baroque era conjures up images of opulence in all the arts. It was a time when the decorative arts in particular flourished, with lavish attention paid to every object, from saltcellars to elaborate banquet tables. In Hungary, however, it was also a period of tremendous struggle. The country had been torn apart by the victorious armies of the Ottoman Empire, and from the mid-sixteenth to the end of the seventeenth century, the heartland of the country was occupied territory with the rest was divided into separate political regions, one governed by the Habsburg court from Vienna and the other by Transylvanian prices. Yet against this dramatic backdrop, Hungary's goldsmiths were able to produce objects of great beauty, a lasting tribute to the Hungarian spirit and resolve. After the liberation of Hungary at the end of the seventeenth century, they contributed to the period of reconstruction by creating masterpieces for the new churches and Baroque palaces being built.

Table of Contents

Susan Weber Soros

István Gedai

One. The Cultural, Socio-Economic, and Political Evolution of Hungary, 800-1800
István Fodor

Two. Italian and French Influences on Baroque Architecture in Hungary
Annamária T. Németh

Three. Baroque Portraiture in Hungary in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
György Rózsa

Four. Baroque Goldsmiths' Work in Hungary
Judit Hajtó-Kolba

Five. Ottoman Influences on Hungarian Goldsmiths During the Baroque Era
Ibolya Gerelyes

Six. The Development of Hungarian Arms and Armor During the Baroque Era
Tibor Kovács

Seven. Hungarian Textiles in the Baroque Era
Katalin Földi-Dózsa

Catalogue of the Exhibition

Biographies and Makers' Marks



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