János Szirmai, History of Western Art

Areas of interest

Art and Architectural History, Preservation and Restoration of Monuments


MA, Eötvös Lóránd University of Liberal Arts, Law And Sciences, Art History-Museology, 1973; Ph.D. in 1980.


János Szirmai is one of the founders of College International, establishing the legal background for the McDaniel Budapest Campus in Hungary. As so, he is one of the founders of this program.

Spring 2014 marks the 60th semester he has taught American students in Budapest, and before starting Western Maryland College (today’ s McDaniel) program in 1994, he was teaching at St. John’ s University in New York, the Associated Colleges of the South in Atlanta, GA, the University of Calgary in Canada, and the Institute of European Studies in Vienna, Austria.

McDaniel College President Joan Coley, after visiting several Hungarian architectural monuments, asked Dr. Szirmai to teach Preservation and Restoration of Monuments, and this was one of the reasons for the establishment of the Art History major in Budapest. Dr. Szirmai has been deeply involved in the restoration of the Budapest Opera House and the Museum of Fine Arts. He is presently preparing a course that will combine the architectural history of the 19th and 20th centuries with an examination of history, theory and other aspects of the preservation and restoration of monuments.

Courses taught:

History of Western Art, I & II

For any information on any of these topics, please contact

 Professor Szirmai.