In 1977, on 100th anniversary of Endre Ady’s birth, at the initiative of art historian Agnes W.Somogyi the Petőfi Literary Museum asked sculptor Miklós Melocco to design a commemorative Ady statue. The composition, which is monumental in size and has been made of plaster, comprises several figures. The statue was finished in November 1977 and was first placed in the stuccoed and mirrored foyer of the Károlyi Palace at the opening of the exhibition ’Ady-picture’, organised by the Museum. In 1998, due to the renovation of the Károlyi Palace, the Ady Altar had to be dismantled and removed. The composition of sculptures was put into its present location in the autumn of 2000, at the opening of the new exhibition halls.