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Old National Gallery and Prussia's Nineteenth Century Half-Day Walking Tour of Berlin With an Art Historian
"This 3 hour walk will start off with the exploration of the remarkable history architecture and collections that together form this art island in the heart of Berlin. Then once you have attained the feel of the complex make your way to the Alte Nationalgalerie also called the Old National Gallery. It literally rises up before visitors like a true temple for the arts. In this museum the group will form new cultural views with the fascinating collections of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. The building structure of the museum with its monumental exterior staircase and magnificent indoor stairway was opened in 1876 to be the
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Private Half-Day Berlin Old National Gallery and Prussia's Nineteenth Century Private Tour with Art Historian
"This 3 hour walk start off exploring the remarkable history and the architecture and collections that together form this art island in the heart of Berlin. Then having got the sense of the complex we will make our way to the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery) which literally rises up before visitors like a true temple for the arts. In this museum we form a thorough acquaintance with the fascinating collections of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. The building structure of the museum with its monumental exterior staircase and magnificent indoor stairway was opened in 1876 to be the home o hence its vast rooms of 19th century paintings and sculpture. The harmonious relationship between the museum’s architecture and its vibrant collection is a unique experience in itself.The tour will concentrate on the paintings of Caspar David Fri we will try to understand why his paintings have fascinated and influenced generations of other artists and to what extent they keep inspiring today’s viewers. Alongside Friedrich
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Museum Island - Alte Nationalgalerie Tips (13)

Alte Nationalgalerie - To discover

Actually there are three museums "Galeries" displaying paintings (and sculptures) in Berlin.
This one called "Alte" is the oldest for the building built around 1870 on the Museumsinsel but not for the collection which is from the 19th century.
The collection of ancient paintings called Gemäldegalerie, one of the best in Europe, from 14th to 18th century is located in a modern building at the Kulturforum. At this Kulturforum Potsdammer Platz stands also the Neue Nationalgalerie with 20th century works.

The paintings on display at the Alte Nationalgalerie are mainly from German painters as could be expected but there are some very good works of French Impressionists. They were the main reason for my visit but very soon I got interested by the German painters especially the Realists and in another genre the Romanticism and Idealism schools. It's always a pleasure to discover new - at least for me - works of art.

There are three floors.
On the first are on display a number of paintings with a fine sense of coloring of Adolph Menzel and Anton von Werner with subjects of Prussian history such as the occupation of Paris after the French defeat of 1870. Surprising is that painting "A billet outside Paris" showing Uhlans, their boots full of mud, occupying a saloon of the castle of Brunoy and singing Schubert's "Das Meer" with piano accompaniment!
The 2nd floor shows a collection of high quality Impressionist paintings, the main reason of my visit. I much liked a beautiful Claude Monet "Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois à Paris", an Edouard Manet "Jardin d'Hiver" and that lovely Renoir "Children's Afternoon at Wargemont".
But these French Impressionists should not hide the German painters.
Among the Realists Max Liebermann ("Infant school in Amsterdam") is much interesting.
I much liked the amazing "Tilla Durieux as Circe" by Franz von Stuck.
The visit is well worth for those who want to enlarge their 19th century horizon of paintings.

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breughel
Feb 01, 2015

Old National gallery

Old building of National gallery was constructed in 1876, it is a mixture of neo Classicism and neo Renaissance. It looks a bit like a church or temple.

Old building of National gallery houses the paintings of 19th century. It has paintings of such famous people as Auguste Rodin, Claude Monet and others.

Building itself is located in so called Museum Island and belongs to UNESCO World heritage list.

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Raimix
Oct 06, 2013

Alte Nationalgalerie on Museumsinsel.

This Nationalgalerie on the Museumsinsel is called "Alte" not for the collection which is from the 19th century but for the building from around 1870. The collection of Ancient Paintings from the 14th to 18th century is located in the "Gemäldegalerie" a modern building at the Kulturforum Potsdammer Platz. At this Kulturforum stands also the Neue Nationalgalerie with 20th century works.
The paintings on display at the Alte Nationalgalerie are mainly from German painters but there are some very good works of French Impressionists. They were the main reason for my visit but very soon I got interested by the German painters especially the Realists and in another genre the Romanticism and Idealism schools.
On the first floor are on display a number of paintings with a fine sense of coloring of Adolph Menzel and Anton von Werner with subjects of Prussian history.
The 2nd floor shows a collection of high quality French Impressionist paintings. I much liked a beautiful Claude Monet "Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois à Paris" and an Edouard Manet "Jardin d'Hiver".
On this floor are on display works of Caspar David Friedrich the master of German Romantic art as well as fine landscapes.
The 3rd floor shows art of the Goethe era and paintings of German artists working in Rome. Biedermeier art is also represented here.

I found my visit well worth as I could enlarge my 19th century horizon of paintings schools.

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breughel
Mar 24, 2013

Alte Nationalgalerie

Alte Nationalgalerie, part of Museum Island, is a gallery showing a collection of Classical, Romantic, Biedermeier, Impressionist and early Modersnist artwork. The National Gallery was founded in 1861 after donations of 262 paintings by banker Johann Wagener. At the beginning it was called Wagener's collection.
The building of the gallery, shaped like a Roman temple, occupying the central part of the Museum Island and was finished in 1872. The collection contains works of the most prominent German artists, such as Karl Friedrich Shinkel, Karl Blechen, Adolph von Menzel, Max Liebermann, Friedrich Monch and some of French Impressionist such as Claude Monet and Edouard Manet.
The gallery houses the largest collections of 19th century sculptures and paintings in Germany.

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Feb 13, 2012
 
 
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Alte Nationalgalerie - 19th Century

An absolutely wonderful collection of 19th century paintings and sculptures. I could have spent many more hours enjoying not only the well known artists such as Monet and Renoir, but there were many great works by German painters.

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Feb 08, 2011

Alte Nationalgalerie: A Temple for Art

The name maybe does not sound inviting: "Old National Gallery", but this museum on Museuminsel holds a very interesting collection of paintings and sculptures.
The building itself (reconstructed after WW II) is also interesting, and looks much like a classical temple.

Most of the works of art are from Germany, but there are also paintings by impressionists and post-impressionists like Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Cézanne and sculptures by Rodin.
I learned a lot about Adolf Menzl's (e.g. "The Iron Rolling Mill") and Max Lieberman's work in this museum.

The attached photos show some of my favorites: "Don Quixote" by Daumier, and 2 highly-expressive masterpieces by Munch.
And remember: On Thursday evenings entrance is free!

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iblatt
Nov 19, 2008

Alte Nationalgalerie

Museum Island is in a state of flux at the moment with renovation work still being carried out on the museums. The Old National Gallery was the first to have its renovation work finished in December 2001. The building first opened its doors in 1876 and was built from a design by Friedrich August Stuler It came into being after a banker called J.H.W. Wagener left his art collection to the king. The building was badly damaged during WW2 like others on Museum Island. The museum contains paintings and sculptures from different periods.
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alancollins
May 30, 2008

Alte Nationalgalerie

If I'm honest I was a little disappointed. I expected it to be on a par with the great national galleries of London and Amsterdam, but compared to those two it was quite mediocre. Apart from the Friedrichs, I spent more time examing the war damage to the outside of the building than I did any of the paintings.

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Alte Nationalgalerie

The Alte Nationalgalerie shows mainly 18/19th century paintings in a neo-classical museum building. Without doubt the best art museum in Germany with regard to architecture and quality of the collection. View the romantic paintings of Caspar David Friedrich and Schinkel. Located on the Museum Island (Museumsinsel), near the "Berliner Dom".

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Sep 18, 2007

Alte Nationalgalerie

This is Berlin's museum for 19th century art. The collection here is especially strong in German Romantic painting: this is the place to see some of the great Casper David Friedrich's moody and melancholic masterpieces.

The Alte Nationalgalerie also has a decent collection of French Impressionist works. I wasn't quite so interested in the work of "academic" German painters from the later 19th century.

An equestrian statue of King Friedrich Wilhelm IV (r. 1840-1861) stands in front of the museum.

There is also a large exhibition space here that displays travelling and temporary shows.

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Jan 01, 2005

Alte Nationalgalerie

The Old National Gallery was built between 1866 and 1876 as teaching and festival facility of German art.

After many years of restoration it opened again in December 2001 and now shows paintings and sculptures of the 19th century.

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fipsi
Aug 27, 2004

Old National Gallery

On my previous visit, this building was under renovation. Only the first level was open for viewing. It looked nothing like it does now. Amazing!

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Mar 27, 2006

Things to Do Near Museum Island - Alte Nationalgalerie

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Museum Island - Bode Museum

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Berliner Dom - Berlin Cathedral

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Museum Island Museumsinsel

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DDR Museum

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Getting to Museum Island - Alte Nationalgalerie

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Museum Island - Bodestraße 1-3, 10178 Berlin

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  • Sunday 10:00 to 18:00
  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 10:00 to 18:00
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  • Thursday 10:00 to 20:00
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