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Bertalan Székely

Bertalan Székely

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Bertalan Székely

May 8, 1835 – August 21, 1910


Bertalan Székely was a Hungarian history and portrait painter who worked in the Romantic and Academic styles.

Born into a family that was originally part of the Transylvanian nobility, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna (1851-1855), under Johann Nepomuk Geiger and Carl Rahl.

From the 1860s through the 1880s, he mostly painted portraits and female figures, then turned to landscapes. He also created decorative murals in the Matthias Church, Budapest Opera House and the City Hall in Kecskemét. Szekely’s most important historical paintings are The Discovery of Louis II’s Dead Body, Women of Eger, Battle of Mohács, and Ladislas V.

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