Masterpieces from all epochs in the history of European art and many important masters are on permanent display. Paintings by Jan van Eyck, Pieter Bruegel, Albrecht Dürer, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt, and Jan Vermeer take your breath away. As always though, my favorites are the French 17th and 18th century paintings by artists like Poussin and Watteau!
It was heaven to wander through the museum’s rooms looking at artworks that are famous throughout the world.
The collection was originally installed as part of a larger exhibition in what was at that time the Royal Museum (now called the Altes Museum "Old Museum"). The paintings were moved to the Bode Museum in 1904. The collection was split up for many years after World War II and eventually reunited at the Gemaldegalerie in 1998. The Berlin State Museum (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin) owns the 3000 piece collection (1500 on display) and the museum is located in an area of Berlin called the “Kulturforum”, an area planned to be a museum and arts district west of Potsdamer Platz.
Lucas Cranach the Elder & Lucas Cranach the Younger 1546
c. 1442-5 by Rogier van der Weyden
by Canaletto c. 1756