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Heroes´ Gate Aba-Novak Vilmos world war fresco
Szeged

Heroes’ Gate was set up as a memorial to 12 000 citizens of Szeged fallen in action at the sugestion of the mayor of Szeged, József Pálfy, the designs were made by Móric Pogány, based on Kuno Klebelsberg’s conception. It was inaugurated on 30 May 1937, and was decorated by the largest open-air fresco in Europe. Vilmos Aba-Novák’s fresco has a special place among the memorials to the victims of Word War I not only because of its large size and peculiar style, a kind of primitive art, but also because of its qualities and its fate: it was hidden behind a layer of plaster for nearly fifty years. The monumental wall paintings place the visions of war into a framework of Christian mythology. In the middle of the barrel vault of the central arch the huge figure of Christ of the Last Judgement and a group of angels with trumpets symbolize the belief in resurrection. Next to it, towards the Tisza the vault is occupied by the allegory of Faith, groups of priests and ministers consoling the widows and orphans, a soul-stirring sight, pay their homage to the fallen men, together with young men taking their oath. On the other side, towards the city the allegory of Action can be seen, soldiers charging, led by Miklós Horthy sitting on a horse. The wide arch in the middle is flanked by two smaller ones. On the smaller vaults, stirring visions complete the three monumental compositions. The two limestone figures, the living and the dead soldier were made by Éva Lőte. The frescoes of the small arch towards the Tisza and of the large central vault spanning the road have emerged from under their coat of plaster and are accessible to the public since 29 September 2000, owing to the persistence and sustained efforts of the Aba-Novák Foundation, funded by the Aba-Novák family.

Copyright: Tibor Illes
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 7200x3600
Taken: 03/09/2009
Uploaded: 03/09/2009
Updated: 02/03/2015
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