Heritage authority gives Golgotha painting protected status
As such, the painting cannot be exported from the country unless a special permit is obtained, nor can it be removed from Debrecen's Deri Museum where it is currently held. Its protected status also ensures a purchase option to the Hungarian state.
The National Bank of Hungary earlier made an offer of 6 million dollars to buy the painting from its owner Imre Pakh, who had asked for 9 million dollars.
The Forster Centre passed its first decision to include Golgotha in the list of protected artwork in November last year, which the New York based owner appealed.
In June 2015, the cabinet office initiated a procedure to prevent Golgotha, on loan and displayed at Deri Museum, from being removed from the country.
The state owns Ecce Homo! and Christ Before Pilate, the two other pieces in Munkacsy's trilogy. The latter painting was purchased with funding from the central bank's programme to buy national art treasures.