Gyula Benczúr (1844-1920) hungarian master of Historicism, who was an internationally acclaimed artist and renowned painter and a member of the Academy in his life. He founded the first art school in Hungary, the Benczúr Master School, where he worked as a director until the end of his life.
Front: The central motif on the obverse features an iconic figure from The Recapture of Buda Castle in 1686, the trumpeter cavalryman. On the painting completed for the millennial celebrations Benczúr depicts one of the most decisive victories in the Hungarian history of a thousand years. In addition of the portraits and attire true to his time, his patriotic thinking is also featured. On the obverse, the compulsory design elements of the coins are shown: the lettering ‘MAGYARORSZÁG’ (Hungary), the denominations 10,000 FORINT’, the mint year 2019 and the mint mark ‘BP.’
Back:The Benczúr portrait on the reverse was inspired by the photo published on the front cover of the Vasárnapi Újság (Sunday News), on 4 February 1912. Becoming one with the picture, a putto motif is shown on the left of the reverse from his painting Amor with roses of 1893. The motif was painted several times by the artist. The lettering ‘BENCZÚR GYULA’ and ‘1844-1920’ marking the artist’s birth and death, refers to the occasion of the issuance. The master mark of applied artist Andrea Horváth, the designer of the coin is hidden in Benczúr’s clothing.
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