This is the single comprehensive Collection in Hungary where the material culture the Classical Antiquity can be studied directly and inmediately. Amounting to more than 5000 items, the collection, consisting of marble statues, textiles and pottery, as well as bronze and glass objects, embraces the entire period of antiquity. By this means, it provides a lively image of Greek, Etruscan, Roman and Graeco-Egyptian art. One fifth of the entire collection, 1000 works of art are displayed in the halls of the permanent exhibition, with such noted pieces among them as the Greek Figure of a Maiden known as the “Budapest Dancer;” the Grimani Jug, a masterpiece of Classical Greek bronze-smithing; and, evoking the Golden Age of Augustus, three relief plates from the renowned series depicting the Battle at Actium, which was so crucial for the fate of the Roman Empire.
The primary scene for the department’s educational activity is its permanent exhibition. It displays nearly a thousand works of art from Classical Antiquity in five halls. The exhibited works of art provide a "palpable" aid for discovering all that brings together our own age and Classical Antiquity, the common tradition of European peoples, and all that sets them apart.
Highlighted Works of Art
1914–2014: The centenary of the ancient terracotta collection
23 September 2014 - 23 December 2014
Following the 2008 centenary of its official foundation, in 2014 the Antiquities Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts celebrates the 100th anniversary of its “second foundation”, by commemorating its acquisition of Paul Arndt’s collection of small-scale terracotta sculptures. In the history of the Collection, this purchase meant far more than an increase in the Museum’s holdings of ancient art.