Mihály Zichy Memorial House in Zala, Somogy County

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The Prince of Drawing

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Close to main roads, to Lake Balaton, to Siófok, Balatonföldvár or Kaposvár… … but the hills of Somogy county hide Zala or as many people call it, Zala Village , „Zalafalu”.

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Mihály Zichy, the Prince of Drawing started his career a century and a half ago from this more than 700-year-old village with beautiful nature and well-endowed land.

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Mihály Zichy was scion of the ancient Zichy family, which can be traced back to the 13th century. The members of many branches of the family were counts and proprietors of large estates. Mihály Zichy descended from the oldest branch of this illustrious family, the gentry, not the aristocratic branch, which had fallen on hard times.

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Legends surround the figure of the artist. He is first of all famous for his incomparable draftsmanship, but his life full of romantic events even inspired a novel.

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His most famous painting, „The Triumph of the Demon of Destruction” , caused a huge scandal at the 1879 world exhibition in Paris. This enormous stunning painting shows the rulers of Europe and the Pope, conducted as it were by the diabolical Demon, at war with each other.

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„Descent from the Cross” (1847) „A Mother’s Grief (Closing of the Coffin)” (1846)

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He illustrated Hungarian literary works: Madách's “The Tragedy of Man”, and János Arany's ballads, which are well-known to every Hungarian.

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„Outside the Paradise” (Scene 15) „In London” (Scene 11) „In Paris” (Scene 9) „In the Paradise” (Scene 2) Illustrations of "The Tragedy of Man"

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Illustrations of Arany's ballads „Calling to the Bier ” „ Inauguration of the Bridge ”

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He traveled to Georgia in 1881 and lived there for a year and a half. In the museum, there is an exotic Georgian room with his Georgian furniture, which, inlaid with mother-of-pearl and copper and goldsmith's work, shows off this creative Caucasian people. In this room can also be seen a rare shaman costume. The weapon collection includes Albanian, Caucasian, Turkish, Arab, Egyptian, Bedouin, and Circassian firearms.

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He became one of Georgia’s national heroes by illustrating Rustaveli’s famous epic, „T he Knight in the Tiger Skin ” .

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He supported himself and his large family as court painter to four czars of Russia. He made thousands of drawings and aquarelles of the festive and ceremonial occasions of the czar's court, as well as the czar's hunting expeditions.

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In Paris, he is the perennial president of the Hungarian Society .

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His drawings of Scottish hunting scenes adorn the walls of the royal castles in Scotland .

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During his adventurous life, he always returned to the manor-house which is a memorial museum today. He is a world-famous artist .

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Mihály Zichy Memorial House in Zala Visit the center of the world! 8660 Zala , Zichy Mihály u. 20. Tel.: 84/320-607 Open: From May to the end of October from 10 o’clock to 18 o’clock From November to the end of April from 10 o’clock to 14 o’clock Closed on Monday www.smmi.hu

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