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Peter Révay's Credibility

Author(s): Iván Uhrman
Subject(s): History, History of Art
Published by: Károli Gáspár Református Egyetem
Keywords: Holy Crown of Hungary; Péter Révay; portraits on the Crown

Summary/Abstract: In 1608 Count Péter Révay was elected guard of the Holy Crown of Hungary. In 1613 he published the first monograph about the Crown. Here he claims that he has seen an enamel portrait of Mary the Virgin on the backside of the Crown. No doubt, today you can see anotherenamel portrait there: it is about Michael Dukas the VIIth, Emperor of Byzantium. But this picture is too big for the place where it is fixed on by violence. So the portrait and Révay’s information seem to be two different sources not only independent of each other, but making each other complete. Nevertheless, a lot of prominent scholars of Hungary (Tamás Bogyay, Iván Bertényi and especially László Holler) have disputed Révay’s authenticity since 1983. This paper tries to consider if they are right or not.

  • Issue Year: III/2011
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 38-54
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Hungarian