[The Museum of Fine Arts, founded in 1896 was built by the plans of Albert Schickedanz and Fülöp Herzog in an eclectic-neoclassical style, between 1900 and 1906. The collection features the history of visual arts in Europe from the 13th up to the 20th century. Its unique in the world, as while in Europe most of the great galleries origin from the heritage of the given country’s royal dynasty, here in Hungary the first collection of the Museum of Fina Arts was based by donations of the aristocracy- like Esterhazy and Zichy family – from their own private collections. The central part of the museum’s building copies the Acropolis of Athen, the wings behind are reminescences of renessainces palaces. This reminds the visitors, the the nest of European art and cultures roots in those eras.

The Museum’s collection is made up of six departments: Egyptian, Antique, Old sculpture gallery, Old master paintings gallery, Modern collection, Graphics collection. The institution celebrated its centenary in 2006.  The Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest exhibits more then, 100 000 artobjects.

One of the highlights of the Museum’s permanent exhibition is the horseman sculpture carved by Leonardo da Vinci. The museum also has an extensive collection of 19th and 20th century paintings, first of all from the French imprssionists, and it has the second largest Spanish art collection outside Spain, including several Velasquez, Goya and El Greco works. Sculptures include Italian works dating back to the 4th century, as well as French, English, German, and Dutch artworks from the 13th century. Egyptian and ancient art – including mummies -, Medieval drawings and Late Gothic paintings are also part of the collection. Hyeronimus Bosch’s, Van Eyk’s, Giorgione’s, Lucas Cranach’s Titian’s, Breughel’s and many more artists’s works enrich the collection. The collection shows selected rotating exhibitions of its collection of 10,000 drawings and 100,000 prints originating mainly from the Esterhazy, Istvan Delhaes and Pal Majovsky acquisitions. All periods of European graphic art are represented. Important pieces include two studies byLeonardo da Vinci for the ‘Battle of Anghiari’, 15 drawings by Rembrandt, 200 pieces by Goya, and French aquatints.

One of the most famous piece is Raffael’s Esterhazy Madonna, which was stolen from the Museum of Fine Arts Budapest on the night of 5th November 1983, along with other works by Raphael, Giorgone, Tintoretto and Tiepolo – all the works, including this one, were recovered by the Italian police in an abandoned Greek convent near Aigio.

Beside the permanent exhibitions in Budapest’s Museum of Fine Arts there are temporary exhibits – like Caravaggio, Van Gogh, Rembrant – are held regularly.