Work of an Italian master: Archaeologists find important artifacts in a Hungarian castle

Hungarian archaeologists spoke of excavations in Visegrad, built in the 13th century. Researchers discovered ancient artifacts that point to an important connection with Italy.

Archaeologists have discovered a pair of angels believed to date back to the 15th century and have been associated with the famous Renaissance master Benedetto da Maiano in Vysehrad, Hungary. The artifacts were discovered near a church connected to a Franciscan monastery not far from the royal palace, Heritage Daily writes.

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Professor Francesco Caglioti of the University of Pisa confirmed the discovery, noting the similarities between these angels and other works by Benedetto da Maiano.

Benedetto da Maiano, Italian early Renaissance sculptor, famous for his work on the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence and other important buildings.

Historical records indicate that King Matthias of Hungary commissioned Maiano to create inlaid chests, but these works were damaged during transport. This led Maiano to switch from wood to stone in his work.

This finding suggests that Hungary was an early adopter of the Renaissance under Italian influence. In addition to the cherubim, the excavations also unearthed the remains of three people, probably monks, among broken statues and debris.

Researchers believe these ruins come from King Ferdinand’s siege of the monastery in 1540, which led to its destruction.


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The discovery not only reveals the country’s artistic heritage, but also points to historical ties between Italy and Hungary during the Renaissance. The cherubim and other finds provide valuable context for understanding the cultural and artistic exchanges of the period.

Previously Focus wrote about a 45-million-year-old mummified forest that researchers discovered in the Arctic Circle.

We also explained how scientists deciphered nearly two hundred cuneiform tablets from the Hittite kingdom, written in a language unknown until then.

Source: Focus


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