Shelley Falconer, President and CEO of the Art Gallery of Hamilton today announced that the Government of Hungary has purchased the painting Christ Before Pilate by Mihály Munkácsy (1844-1900), one of Hungary’s most venerated artists, for US$5.7 million. The sale, which is about to close, is the culmination of a series of talks initiated by representatives of the Hungarian government here in Canada and abroad over the past several years. The work is one of three paintings in Munkácsy’s Passion Trilogy, which is arguably Hungary’s most important historical work of art and is of singular importance—artistically and culturally—to the country. The three paintings in Munkácsy’s Passion Trilogy were exhibited at the Déri Muzeum in a purpose-built gallery until July 2014. The Trilogy was visited by tens of thousands each year, and remains an important field trip for Hungarian school

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