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Alte Nationalgalerie

Alte Nationalgalerie (19)

The Old National Gallery or Alte Nationalgalerie as it is known in German, was founded in 1861 thanks to a donation of hundreds of paintings by the famous Prussian banker Wangerer. 

The present day building is shaped like a Corinthian temple and was designed by Friedrich August Stuler, although Heinrich Strack later modified his designs after taking over the building work between 1866 and 1876. 

His original aim was for it to serve as an events’ hall for the university. 

Construction work was finished in 1876, however the National Gallery suffered damage during the Second World War and needed reconstruction work that would last decades. During the process various halls and corridors were added to the building. 

The Old National Gallery is divided into three floors whose spectacular and captivating 19th century works will keep you enthralled. 

Magnificent sculptures by Shadow as well as realist pieces by John Constable, Delacroix and Goya can be found here. So too can canvases by the Berlin painter and court favourite Adolph Menzel. Also on view is a wonderful collection of French impressionism by Paul Cezanne, Degas, Monet, Manet and Renoir. In addition, there are two bronze sculptures by Rodin, landscapes by Caspar David Friedrich and large canvas scenes portraying everyday life by Max Liebermann. 

This is a lovely museum well worth visiting. What’s more, if you come in the summer, you might like to know that its exterior is used as a screen for an open-air cinema.

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