Gemaldegalerie (Painting Gallery), Berlin

Gemaldegalerie (Painting Gallery), Berlin (must see)

While often overlooked by tourists, the Painting Gallery is a treasure trove of Old Masters' works, housing one of the world's premier collections of European art spanning from the 13th to the 18th centuries. Within its walls, you'll find classical masterpieces by renowned artists like Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Rubens, Rembrandt, and Vermeer.

With a history that goes back to 1830, this gallery takes great pride in its scientific approach to collecting and exhibiting art. Each room is curated to present a cohesive statement about one to five artists from a specific period or style, allowing visitors to appreciate the paintings both individually and collectively. Especially notable rooms include the octagonal Rembrandt room and another containing five distinct Madonnas by Raphael. Additionally, you'll encounter Flemish moralistic artworks that span the museum's north side, revealing a fascinating interplay between the religious motivations of the patrons and the often sensual inspirations of the artists themselves.

Plan to spend at least 2 to 3 hours exploring the entire collection, especially if there is a special exhibit on display. It's otherwise easy to skip some rooms and spend more time in those that pique your interest. For enhanced insights, make use of the engaging audio guide (available in multiple languages and included in the admission price), as there is little in the way of written descriptions.

Tips:
Consider taking breaks at the convenient cafe located upstairs or on the glass balconies at the building's corners, where you can gaze into the distance and give your eyes a rest.

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Sight Name: Gemaldegalerie (Painting Gallery)
Sight Location: Berlin, Germany (See walking tours in Berlin)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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