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Docent Programme in the Hungarian National Gallery


Docent Programme - Volunteer guide programme

The volunteer guides of the Docent Programme offer individual visitors free guided tours in English in the exhibition Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts on view at the Hungarian National Gallery.
The word docent is derived from the Latin „docere” meaning to lead. Originally used to denote a professor or university lecturer, the term has expanded to include the volunteer guides who staff many museums and other educational institutions. Docents introduce guests to the Museum collections by providing free tours throughout the galleries and help visitors gain a deeper understanding of the art on display. In addition to their function as guides, docents also often conduct research using the institution's facilities or provide administrative support for the Docent Programme. Prospective Docents undergo intensive training by the Museum that focuses on interpretive and communication skills so they may better introduce the Museum’s collections to visitors.

in the Hungarian National Gallery

Spring 2016

The training consists of two components: the Docent Training Workshop and a two-part lecture series.
The Docent Training Workshop focuses on the practical aspects of docenting – largely presentation and interpretive skills. This Training Workshop is a series of required classes, open only to prospective docents. These classes meet on Tuesdays, after the Art Studies lectures, from 13.00 to 14.30.
The Art Studies Lecture Series in Spring 2016 consists of two main parts: a course on 19th Century art in the Hungarian National Gallery, and an additional thematic lecture series that examines the connection between the rich symbolism of the Bible and art. These lectures are open to the public – all are welcome!

It is essential that prospective Docents have a fluent grasp of the English language, although it is not necessary to be a native speaker.

The fee to train as a docent is HUF 50,000. A detailed description of each lecture series follows below. If you are interested in applying as a Docent-in-Training, please contact the Docent Programme of the Museum Education Department at docent@szepmuveszeti.hu
If you wish to attend the lectures but not become a docent, you may attend any of the Art  Lectures for HUF 2,500 per lecture and the Bible Illuminates Art for HUF 1,800 per lecture. All are welcome. Advance registration is not required – come when you can!
Pluralism of Styles – Hungarian Art int he 19th Century
Tuesdays 10.15 – 12.00
8 March – 10 May 
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Art Lecture Series

Spring 2016

art of the 19th century is perhaps the most widely

beloved around the world! The permanent collection

of the Hungarian National Gallery presents works

from the beginning of the century, which – similarly

to other nations all over Europe at the time – was the

period of the rise of national art. The stylistic dualism

of Classicism and Romanticism in connection with

increasingly strong national sentiment gave birth to

new genres and types in painting.

Everyone is welcome – the lectures are open to all.

No need to register in advance. Come when you can!


For Docents-in-Training: this series is included in the

overall training fee.

For guests: HUF 2,500 per lecture

Just buy a ticket at the lobby of the main building

cashier right before the lecture. Please ask for a

“Docent Art Lecture Ticket”. Please note that the

lecture is in another building.

You do not need to pay for entry to the Museum in

addition. After the lecture, please feel free to use

this ticket to enjoy all the galleries in the permanent



Hungarian National Gallery,

Building B, Ground Floor


Docent Programme,

Museum Education Department

Email: docent@mfab.hu



Volunteer Guide Programme

Pluralism of Styles

Hungarian Art in the 19th Century

Tuesdays 10.15 – 12.00


Landmarks of Hungarian History and Culture

between 1700 and 1900

Lecturer: Ágnes Mertus


Art of the Senses – on Hungarian Baroque Art

Lecturer: Zsófia Albrecht


Classicism – Biedermeier – Romanticism. First Half of

the 19th Century in the Hungarian National Gallery

Lecturer: Péter Bodó


The Exotic and the Homely: Genre Scenes, Nudes

and Landscapes in Hungarian Art (1860-1900)

Lecturer: Zsófia Kovács


Finding the Sun. The Evolution of Landscape Painting

in 19th Century Hungarian Art

Lecturer: Fatima Rébay


Sacrifice and Glory – Painting History

in 19th-Century Hungarian Art

Lecturer: Réka Krasznai


Munkácsy, Paál and the Barbizon School

Lecturer: Réka Krasznai

10 MAY

Between Tradition and Modernity. Munich and

Hungarian Art in the Second Half of the 19th Century