In my encounter, Hungary experienced normally been the eminence gris of afterwards medieval European art—a country of exquisite, but mysterious culture. When I was a student in Cracow, many decades ago, my Polish Professor, when questioned about a significantly exquisite late medieval or early Renaissance item in Poland, would reply, with hushed wonder: “Ah, that is Hungarian”. But how, or why, or when it was Hungarian always remained a secret. Now, many thanks to this impressive exhibition Sigismundus. Rex et Imperator, Hungary’s very important contribution to the worldwide “court culture” of afterwards medieval and early Renaissance Christendom has been magnificently identified.
Paul will often be remembered as a type, enthusiastic and humorous colleague, and a fantastic winner of Central Europen Gothic artwork. He will be greatly missed.
Hungarian translation of the opening speech of the Sigismundus – Rex et Imperator exhibition, 2006