The Gemäldegalerie (Picture Gallery) in Berlin is a world-renowned art museum focused on European old master’s paintings from the 13th to the 19th century.
Founded in 1830, since 1998, the Gemäldegalerie is housed in a modern-style building, designed by German architects Hilmer & Sattler, located in the Kulturforum area, close to the Neue Nationalgalerie and not far from Potsdamer Platz.
The Gemäldegalerie in Berlin’s Kulturforum, photo: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra
The collection of the Gemäldegalerie comprises thousands of paintings by many of the most important artists who lived in Europe from the Middle Ages to the 19th century, with a particular focus on those from Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands.
The museum’s permanent exhibition encompasses 72 rooms, in which over 1,000 pieces of art are on display along a 2-kilometer-long tour across the history of Western art.
Works on view include masterpieces by Giotto, Fra Angelico, Giorgione, Piero della Francesca, Andrea Mantegna, Raphael, Botticelli, Titian, Perugino, Caravaggio, Canaletto, Konrad Witz, Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Hans Holbein, Jan van Eyck, Pieter Bruegel, Jan Vermeer, and Rembrandt, among many others.
Interior view of the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin; photo: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra
Views of the Gemäldegalerie’s permanent exhibition; photos © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie / Achim Kleuker
Among the most famous pieces on display: The Death of the Virgin by Giotto (1310), The Presentation at the Temple by Mantegna (1465-1466), Botticelli’s Madonna Bardi (1477), the Madonna Terranuova by Raphael (1504-1505), the portrait of Hieronymus Holzschuher by Dürer (1526), Caravaggio’s Amor Victorious (1602), Moses Breaking The Tablets Of The Law by Rembrandt (1659), and Vermeer’s Woman with a Pearl Necklace (1662-1665), just to name a few.
Giotto (Giotto di Bondone), The Death of the Virgin (also known as Dormitio Virginis), c. 1310, tempera on panel; photo © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie, property of the Kaiser Friedrich-Museums-Verein / Jörg P. Anders
Sandro Botticelli, The Virgin and Child Enthroned (also known as Madonna Bardi), 1477, tempera on panel; photo: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra
Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio), Madonna Terranuova,1504-1505, oil on wood; photo: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra
Albrecht Dürer, Hieronymus Holzschuher, 1526, oil on wood; photo © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie / Jörg P. Anders
Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi), Amor Victorious (also known as Amor Vincit Omnia),1602, oil on canvas; photo © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie / Jörg P. Anders
Jan Vermeer, Woman with a Pearl Necklace, 1662-1665, oil on canvas; photo: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra
Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal); The Grand Canal Looking southwest toward the Rialto Bridge, c. 1725, oil on canvas; photo: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra
The Gemäldegalerie also hosts temporary exhibitions, talks, educational programs, and workshops – aimed at children, adults, and families -, and special events. The museum’s building includes a reference library, a cafe-restaurant, and a gift shop.
The library at the Gemäldegalerie; photo © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie / Achim Kleuker
Cover image: the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin’s Kulturforum; photo © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Maximilian Meisse
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