Not just a great place to enjoy a coffee in Budapest, the Alexandra Bookcafé is also home to stunning frescoes by Hungarian artist Karoly Lotz, who also lends his name to the room in which the café is located: Lotz Hall. Look up while enjoying your coffee, and you’ll notice Renaissance-style paintings adorning the entire ceiling.
Born in 1944 in the then Hungarian town of Munkács, painter Mihaly Munkacsy would go on to become one of the country’s most renowned artists. His works were centered around genre art and realism; he often painted scenes from peasant life, and became known for his technical skill and ability to convey emotion in his works. The Churning Woman was painted in 1873, during a dark time in the artist’s life: the somber colors and expression given to the woman in the image convey a sense of despair. The painting can be found today in the Hungarian National Gallery, along with a number of other works by the artist.