The relief in the Hungarian National Museum, attributed in the Hungarian art historio-graphy to a local Hungarian Master of the Renaissance shows stylistic features of the Verrocchio cercle and may be dated earlier than the inscription with the date of 1526. It was a sculpted image which could be inserted into an architecture or in a frame. In 1777 it was surely in the possession of a canon of Vác cathedral, but its provenience – determined by the division of the aristocratic family of the Báthory in a Catholic and a Protestant line – is uncertain and can only be enlighted by written sources.
The Hungarian king Hunyadi Mátyás is known as Matthias Corvinus today. The name ‘Corvinus’ was created for him by the Italian Humanists, along with a fictitious descendancy from the Roman era. This name, however, only appeared in the playground of Art, in panegyrics, in inscriptions of buildings or miniatures. Nevertheless, the appointed successor of the King, his natural son, Johannes Corvinus has been officially using the name ‘Corvinus’.