Since 2000, Old Master Paintings from the 13th to 18th century have been displayed at Gemäldegalerie. It’s the most beautiful collection I’ve seen!
The Gemäldegalerie is part of Berlin’s Kulturforum (Culture Forum), a modern center for art and culture in Potsdamer Straße. It includes museums, concert halls, and libraries where I’ve spent time and learned so much!
The Kulturforum is West Berlin’s “most important building ensemble of the post-war period “.
“Masterpieces from all periods of art history, including paintings by van Eyck, Bruegel, Dürer, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Rubens, Rembrandt, and Vermeer are on display at the Gemäldegalerie.”
The Kulturforum offers 1.2 miles of breathtaking art displays in an exhibition area of over 75,00 sq. ft. There are 72 halls and cabinets leading through “individual art landscapes and epochs”.
The Gemäldegalerie collection focuses on German and Italian painting from the 13th to the 16th century and Dutch painting from the 15th to the 16th century. This blog post includes some of the photos taken – captions are the best I could manage – all were in German. Before touring this exhibition, I didn’t know the works of many of these incredible masters.
German, Dutch, French, Flemish Masterpieces
The magnificent collection includes old German paintings of the late Gothic and Renaissance periods. Dutch and Flemish paintings from the 17th century include “portraits, genre paintings, interiors, landscapes, and still lifes” – all impressive and awe-inspiring.
A collection of 16 Rembrandt paintings in the center of the Gemäldegalerie is “one of the largest and highest quality in the world”.
There are six rooms of Italian, French, German, Spanish, and English 18th century paintings. Over 1000 masterpieces are on display in the main gallery. Visitors can view a catalog of the collection and access a digital gallery using computer workstations. Audio guides are in German, English, and French. I used an audio guide, but with so many paintings – it was overwhelming. I need to return and take another tour.
Heinz Kuckei Collection
The Gemäldegalerie presents ten loans from the Heinz Kuckei Collections. The small ensemble of quality Dutch paintings of the 17th century includes works by Jan Steen, Jan Davisz de Heem, and the Rembrandt workshop.
Jacopo and Giovanni Bellini Paintings
The Gemäldegalerie is focusing on a group of paintings by Italian Father and Son Jacopo and Giovanni Bellini. “In Renaissance Italy art was often a family business, and no family of painters was more successful than the Bellinis.”
Some of the Bellini paintings on display are restorations of pieces stored since the Second World War. During restoration, several of the works have “undergone various changes”. In some cases, they’re “fragments of a larger altarpiece or interior decoration, partially damaged and reduced on the surface”.
Restoration addressed light, climate, and other influences occurring over time and changed the colorful and plastic appearance of the paintings. None of them “maintained a state as it was when leaving the artist’s workshop” hundreds of years ago.