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By Andrew L. Simon

The a number of contributions of Hungarian society within the fields of paintings, technological know-how, expertise and activities are highlighted the following.

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In 1654 Gáspár Miskolczi Csulyák made men tion of Amer ica, New Eng land and New Plym outh in his book on independence6. The famed Sam uel Köleséri, 7 went fur ther in the preface of his collection of sermons by citing Thomas Hooker, an Eng lish Pu ri tan au thor who em i grated into Amer ica, among his sources. 8 During the last quar ter of the 18th cen tury, the ear lier de vel oped idea of the “bulwark of Christendom” was consistently being replaced by the content of the American Revolution and fo cused on the Dec la ra tion of Independence and the Constitution it self.

The spe cialty of János Fadrusz (1858-1903) was the mak ing of his tor i cal mon u ments. Com mis sioned by the city of Pozsony (now Bratislava, cap ital of Slovakia), Fadrusz carved the Monument of Queen Maria Theresa (1896) which, unfortunately, was destroyed after 1918. His chef d’oeuvre is perhaps the bronze Monument of King Matthias erected at Kolozsvár in 1902. The fact that it is still standing is owned to the Romanians claim that Matthias came from a Ro ma nian fam ily, which is not true.

Herend por ce lain is in creas ingly prized to day, a ma jor rea son be ing that it con tin ues to hold out as the only ma jor por ce lain fac tory in the world which has refused to tarnish its artistry by “going commercial”, so to speak and adopt ing as sem bly line meth ods and fully mech a nized pro duc tion. On the con trary, one has the as sur ance that ev ery piece of Herend china is hand painted by in di vid ual art ists and mas ters, each spe cial iz ing in a re spec tive tech nique. Al though the sec ond half of the nine teenth cen tury saw the golden age of folk art, it is far from stag nant today.

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