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
A Sicilian askos
12 March 2013 - 2 June 2013
The Collection of Classical Antiquities has launched the “Highlighted Works of Art” chamber exhibition series with the intention of instilling a new tradition. The primary aim of the series is to present to the public in a regular rhythm the results of the work carried out within the Collection: to show works of art that have recently been acquired or restored, or have inspired new scientific results.