Arrival of the Hungarians – Cyclorama by Árpád Feszty

by | August 12, 2022 | Arts

Cyclorama by Árpád Feszty is a monumental panoramic painting that depicts the arrival of the Hungarians in the Carpathian Basin in the late 9th century. The painting is one of the largest of its kind in the world, measuring over 120 meters (394 feet) in length and 15 meters (49 feet) in height.

Cyclorama by Árpád Feszty
Part of the Cyclorama – photo: Wikipedia

Árpád Feszty was a Hungarian painter who conceived the idea for the Cyclorama in the late 19th century. He gathered a team of artists, including his brother László Feszty, to create the painting, which took over two years to complete. The Cyclorama was first displayed in 1896 at the Millennial Exhibition in Budapest, which celebrated the 1,000th anniversary of the arrival of the Magyars, the ethnic group that founded Hungary.

The painting is a circular panorama that wraps around the viewer, immersing them in the scene. It depicts a pastoral landscape with rolling hills, forests, and rivers, as well as over 200 human and animal figures, including warriors, hunters, and farmers. The main focus of the painting is the arrival of the Hungarians, who are depicted on horseback with their tents and wagons in tow. The scene is filled with movement and action, with figures engaged in various activities, such as fishing, tending to horses, and playing musical instruments.

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