Museum of Fine Arts drawings exhibition to open in Jerusalem

Budapest, March 31 (MTI) – An exhibition of drawings from the Esterhazy collection of the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts will open in Jerusalem’s Israel Museum on Friday.

Entitled “The Prince and the Paper. Masterworks from the Esterhazy Collection”, the display will feature drawings by Raphael, Veronese, Annibale Carracci, Piranesi, Durer, Hans Baldung Grien, Lucas Cranach, Lucas van Leyden, Rembrandt and Poussin.

The Hungarian state purchased the unique collection of 600 paintings, 3,500 drawings and 51,000 prints from the princely family back in 1871, which became later the biggest international attraction of the Museum of Fine Arts.

The Jerusalem event is the fifth in a series of major displays over the past year and a half, attracting over one million museum-goers in Kyoto, Tokyo, the Pushkin Museum of Moscow, and the Royal Academy of London.

Israel Museum presented a collection of its masterpieces to the Hungarian public at an exhibition entitled “The Heritage of the Holy Land” in the summer of 2008.

The Jerusalem exhibition will be open until July 1.