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Alte – Berlin National Gallery – Art Abounds

October 5, 2013 Destination Global, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59I took a trip back to Museumsinel the other day to “pick-up” one of the attractionsthat I had missed (it was closed) on my previous visit and was I glad that I did.

Alte – The National Gallery is as good an example of a collection of great art as I have seen, it is well and truly comparable with my favorite The National Gallery of Great Britain (in Trafalgar Square London) and better than most.

Yes there is a fee, just ten Euro’s and that includes an audio guide, but that is a small price to pay.download The gallery is superbly laid out and easy to follow, it is well spaced and well structured and the explanations of the collection both in print and via the guide are excellent. After just on a week in this great city and a total of three visits to the museum district on Museumsinsel – I am ready to rate them; Pergamon – Great; Neus – Better; Alte – Best. OK – bring on the arguments, I am happy to listen.

The Nationalegalerie at Alte, which was opened in 1876 and superbly restored in 1990 houses 19th century sculptures and paintings, with many of them great works of art.

I was particularly taken by a few, so here they are, in no particular order:

The two little princesses: This is a sculpture done for King Frederich of Prussia, by Johann Shadow which shows the two young daughters (Luise and Frederilkie von Prussen) of a nobleman, one aged 15 and the other just 13. So taken was Frederich by the two girls that he decided that they should marry his sons and he ensured that this duly happened. The older daughter – married his older son, who eventually succeeded Frederich so she became queen, but died in her early thirties. She was popular and much loved, as the audio guide said, she was the Princess Diana of her day.

The younger daughter married the younger son , who himself died two years later in an accident, download (1)sadly she rather celebrated her widowhood and (how shall I phrase this) put herself out there so as to enjoy as much of her life as she could. The elder son as King, finally put a stop to it all by marrying her off to a lesser noble and sending her to the country to live.

Viktoria (Victory) by Daniel Rauch, a large and imposing sculpture, one of a number that Rauch did of this subject, mainly to celebrate great victories in war. A painting by Gentz of Crown Prince Frederich Wilhem of Prussia entering Jerusalem in 1869 – I figure this is a bit like a front page news photograph of the day/time, it just took a while to produce. Another painting called Gypsy Camp by Mihaly von Munkasky, that I really liked simply because it reminded me a bit of Oz.

There are many great examples of German realism as well as a large selection of great impressionist works – from Manet, Monet, Renoir and my great mate Vincente (Van Gough). Others that caught my eye were Tyrolean Home Guard Returning Home in the War of 1809 by Defregger as well as two by Max Liebermann – both examples of great realistic painting; Cobblers Workshop and Flax Barn at Laren.

There are many others to pick from, both sculpture and paintings, but these few caught my eye and if I am forced to pick one, and I am not, but I will, its the Little Princesses! Why because theirs is a good story, it’s a great piece of sculpture and they are two very beautiful young ladies who clearly made a difference in their short lives! Pay the little Princesses a visit Alte on Museumsinsel, they will appreciate the company and you will appreciate them.

Written by : Peter Watson

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