The Berlin Art Gallery (German: Berliner Gemäldegalerie) is one of Europe’s leading art museums. The gallery is located in the building of the Cultural Forum, not far from Potsdamer Platz in Berlin.
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The Berlin Art Gallery was originally opened at the Royal Museum by the Lustgarten Park, in the building of today’s Old Museum, and was the first museum island collection. With its discovery, which took place in 1830, the whole history of museums in Berlin began.
The basis of the museum’s collection was the collection of art of electors and Frederick the Great in the XVII – XVIII centuries.
The Berlin Picture Gallery presents more than 1,500 paintings in a total area of 2,200 meters.
The Berlin Picture Gallery gained international fame thanks to its long-standing director, art historian Wilhelm von Bode. Von Bode possessed not only excellent knowledge in all areas of art, but also the necessary connections in the professional environment and in the upper layers of society, which allowed him to make significant acquisitions for the museum.
As a result, the funds of the Berlin Art Gallery have become some of the best in the world, with an almost complete collection of European painting dating back to the 13th century.
In 1904, the gallery becomes crowded within the walls of the old museum, and it moves into the building of the Karl Friedrich Museum (Kaiser Friedrich-Museum), the current name of which is the Bode Museum, as the new museum on Museum Island was conceived as a museum of the era Renaissance.
During the Second World War, the museum was destroyed, more than 400 paintings burned down. Parts of the collection were housed in various museums.
In 1998, the Berlin Art Gallery moved into a new building at the Kulturforum. This building was specially designed for the gallery, the two parts of which again merged together with the unification of Germany. In the future, however, it is planned to move the gallery to the building of the Bode Museum. Part of the collection of the art gallery is already posted there.
The new Cultural Forum has a semicircular shape. In the center of the building there is a foyer with two rows of columns, a flat vault and glass domes decorated with the fountain of the American sculptor Walter De Maria.
Inspection of the Berlin Art Gallery passes through 72 rooms and an office, two kilometers long. All departments are compiled in chronological order of writing works and are grouped by school of painting. That is, the Berlin Picture Gallery is a one-of-a-kind visual encyclopedia of art history.
Artworks of the Berlin Art Gallery
The basis of the gallery’s collection is German and Italian painting of the XIII – XVI centuries, as well as Dutch painting of the XV and XVI centuries.
The Berlin Picture Gallery presents the works of the great Italian painters Giotto, Titian, Fra Angelico, Raphael, old German artists such as Lucas Cranach, Konrad Witz, Albrecht Dürer, Hans Holbein, Hans Baloun Green, Flemish artists Jan van Eyck, rich in details canvases by Peter Bruegel.
Rembrandt’s works are dedicated to the central hall of the museum. And not by chance – 16 paintings by the master, presented here, are considered one of the most significant works of Rembrandt.
In the halls of the Berlin Art Gallery there are about a thousand masterpieces of world painting.
Here is just a small list of examples:
“Cupid – the winner” by Michelangelo Caravaggio,
Etienne Chevalier and Saint Stephen by Jean Fouquet
“Moses breaking the holy tablets” of Rembrandt,
“Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci” and “Portrait of Giuliano Medici” by Sandro Botticelli,
The Netherlands Proverbs by Peter Brueghel,
“St. John on Patmos ”by Jerome Bosch,
“Portrait of Jerome Holzshuer” and “Portrait of a Young Woman” by Albrecht Durer,
“Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini” by Jan van Eyck,
“Portrait of Ugolino Martelli” Agnolo Bronzino,
“Nurse with a Child” by Frans Hals,
“Portrait of Georg Giza originally from Danzig” by Hans Holbein the Younger,
“Portrait of Isabella Brant” by Peter Paul Rubens.
Part of the collection of the Berlin Art Gallery is located in the Bode Museum – there are 150 paintings by great masters of painting. The masterpieces of the Bode Museum art gallery include works by Van Eyck, Rembrandt, Botticelli, Dürer and other artists.
To guide visitors, an audio guide is provided – in German and English and catalogs.
“In a New World” – an exhibition in the restoration workshop of the gallery, © Benoit LeBlanc
The Berlin Art Gallery is open daily except Monday.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday – from 10.00. until 18.00.,
Saturday, Sunday – from 11.00. until 18.00.,
Thursday – from 10.00. until 8 p.m. hours
Monday – not working.