The art gallery has 2 main sections: one devoted to Italian Renaissance painting of the 13th-16th centuries, the other to the Northern European Renaissance of the 15th-16th centuries. Well represented European classicism of the XVIII century.
Berlin Picture Gallery (Berliner Gemäldegalerie), photo Berlin-Magazin.de
The Berlin Art Gallery (Berliner Gemäldegalerie) contains one of the world's richest collections of European art from the 13th to the 17th centuries. It is located in the cultural center of Berlin (Kulturforum) a little west of Potsdamer Platz. Her collection includes masterpieces by artists such as Lucas Cranach, Albrecht Durer, Rafael, Titian, Caravaggio, Rubens, Rembrandt, Jan Vermeer and others. It was first opened in 1830 and restored in 1998.
The core of the collection were paintings bought in 1821 by the English merchant Edward Solly. By 1904, it was dominated by Renaissance art. Initially, the collection was in the Royal Museum near Lustgarten Park on Unter den Linden. Then she was transferred to the Bode Museum. Since October 2006, part of the exposition was again moved to the Bode Museum.
Many exhibits were lost during World War II, some were hidden in shelters throughout Germany. The 400 largest works that were difficult to hide were destroyed by the Nazis (mainly church altars).
In the gallery, photo BEROLINO
The exposition of the art gallery consists of 10 sections:
- German painting of the XIII-XVI centuries.
- German painting of the XVII-XVIII centuries.
- Dutch painting XIV-XVI centuries.
- Flemish painting of the XVII century.
- 17th century Dutch painting
- Italian painting of the XIII-XVI centuries.
- Italian painting XVII-XVIII centuries.
- Spanish painting of the XV-XVIII centuries.
- French painting of the XV-XVIII centuries
- 18th century English painting
Hall of medieval art
The Berlin Gallery prides itself on its scientific methodology for selecting and displaying works of art. Each hall presents creativity from one to five artists of a certain period or style.
The collection of German masters is the best and most complete in the world. The collections of early Dutch and Italian painting are also quite significant. Collections of Spanish, French and British art are much smaller. The Rambrandt octagonal hall and the hall, which features five different Raphael Madonnas, are impressive.
Main Hall of the Art Gallery
The main galleries are horseshoe-shaped around a large central hall, which contains only a few sculptures. In the museum it is called the "room for meditation." It’s easier to choose a collection.
Collections are arranged chronologically, starting from the entrance and moving to the most remote hall. From each hall, you can return to the central hall at any time, which greatly facilitates movement around the museum. The main galleries contain about 1,200 works, and another 400 are in separate rooms down the steps, which are also open to visitors.
Hall of Italian painting, photo Barbarelli
How to get there
Take the U2 metro to Potsdamer Platz Station;
by bus M29 to the stop Potsdamer Brücke; M41 to Potsdamer Platz Bhf / Voßstraße; M48, M85 to Kulturforum; 200 to Philharmonie;
City train S1, S2, S25 to Potsdamer Platz.