Photograph: Bence Tihanyi, Ágnes Bakos,  © Bence Tihanyi, Ágnes Bakos

Name of Object:

Ships in a Harbour


Budapest, Hungary

Holding Museum:

Budapest History Museum

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Date of Object:

Second half of the 18th century

Artist(s) / Craftsperson(s):

Unknown artist

Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Oil on panel


H: 20 cm, w: 40 cm


Family of Count Zichy

Type of object:



A finely executed Baroque painting of a harbour with ships and throngs of people on the shore. The composition is a rare example of a small size genre piece, which may have been part of a series. The execution of the painting is finely detailed, and contrary to its small size, the work is of high quality. This is an unusual representation within the iconography of this type of picture. Scenes of everyday life became common in the 17th and 18th centuries, and depictions of the “low-life” of peasants and the “high-life” of the aristocracy, featuring fashionably dressed figures in different scenes were also common. The popularity of seascapes and maritime pictures spread to Hungary by way of Flemish and Dutch painting. Small seascapes (zeekens) were a very popular theme representing – like this painting – imaginary views of exotic ports.

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A finely executed Baroque genre painting of a harbour with ships and throngs of people on the shore. Because of these and other features, the painting represents a rare example among Baroque seascapes.

Original Owner:

Family of Count Zichy

How date and origin were established:

By historical data

How Object was obtained:

From the bequest of Count Jenő Zichy in 1903.

Selected bibliography:

Budapest az Újkorban (Budapest in the Modern Times), (ed. G. Szvoboda Dománszky), Budapest, 1995, p.29

Citation of this web page:

Beatrix  Basics "Ships in a Harbour" in "Discover Baroque Art", Museum With No Frontiers, 2020.;BAR;hu;Mus11_A;47;en

Prepared by: Beatrix Basics
Copyedited by: Terézia BardiTerézia Bardi

NAME: Terézia Anna

AFFILIATION: National Trust of Monuments for Hungary

TITLE: Art Historian, Vice Director for Research at The National Trust of
Monuments for Hungary; MWNF DBA local co-ordinator (Hungary), author
and copy-editor

Terézia Bardi, Vice Director for Research at the National Trust of Monuments for Hungary since 2004, was awarded her MA in History and History of Art at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. After a period of fellowships mainly in Italy, Terézia gained her PhD from the Faculty of Art History at the same university for her thesis Presentation and Representation – the European Reception of the Liberation of Buda in 1686: Feast and Public Opinion. Her main fields of research are 17th-and18th-century Baroque and Rococo: the spectacles, festival decorations and associated iconography – including theatre productions of the period – and interior decoration of historic houses. Since 1988, she has edited a number of art historical books that include some on Oriental art and architecture. She is MWNF DBA’s local (Hungarian) co-ordinator, author and copy-editor.

Translation by: Beatrix Basics
Translation copyedited by: Mandi GomezMandi Gomez

Amanda Gomez is a freelance copy-editor and proofreader working in London. She studied Art History and Literature at Essex University (1986–89) and received her MA (Area Studies Africa: Art, Literature, African Thought) from SOAS in 1990. She worked as an editorial assistant for the independent publisher Bellew Publishing (1991–94) and studied at Bookhouse and the London College of Printing on day release. She was publications officer at the Museum of London until 2000 and then took a role at Art Books International, where she worked on projects for independent publishers and arts institutions that included MWNF’s English-language editions of the books series Islamic Art in the Mediterranean. She was part of the editorial team for further MWNF iterations: Discover Islamic Art in the Mediterranean Virtual Museum and the illustrated volume Discover Islamic Art in the Mediterranean.

True to its ethos of connecting people through the arts, MWNF has provided Amanda with valuable opportunities for discovery and learning, increased her editorial experience, and connected her with publishers and institutions all over the world. More recently, the projects she has worked on include MWNF’s Sharing History Virtual Museum and Exhibition series, Vitra Design Museum’s Victor Papanek and Objects of Desire, and Haus der Kulturen der Welt’s online publication 2 or 3 Tigers and its volume Race, Nation, Class.

MWNF Working Number: HU 70


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