A closer look at the fresco by Károly Lotz
The round ceiling of the grand auditorium is decorated by a monumental fresco entitled the Apotheosis of Music painted by one of the most significant painters of the 19th century, Károly Lotz (1833-1904). The painting blends perfectly into the neo-renaissance style of the building despite its dynamism characteristic to baroque works. In the focus of the fresco, Apollo can be seen playing the lute while the gods and goddesses of Olympus along with the graces and muses listen to his performance. The centre of the ceiling is dominated by the chandelier manufactured in Maniz designed by architect Miklós Ybl.
The chandelier was also designed by the architect of the Opera House, Miklós Ybl, and it was manufactured in Mainz. Originally, it was lit up by gas, later electricity was introduced. It weighs almost 3 tons and has about 240 light bulbs. Twice a year, it is lowered to the floor manually for maintenance.
Story by: György Jávorszky