The Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery), set on a plinth, rises impressively over the Museum Island rather like a “temple of the arts”. And with Prussian court architect Friedrich August Stüler inspired by the Acropolis in Athens, his design resonated with just that quasi-religious mood of the muses.
After nearly ten years work, the gallery was opened in 1876. It now not only shows painting and sculpture from the neoclassical period through Romanticism to the Biedermeier period (1815-1848), but also Impressionist and early modernist art.
The collection includes works by such renowned artists as Caspar David Friedrich, Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, Auguste Renoir, Max Liebermann, Lovis Corinth, Adolphe Menzel, Karl Blechen and Karl Friedrich Schinkel. The gallery is also home to Johann Gottfried Schadow’s Princesses Luise and Friederike, regarded as the most beautiful sculpture by a Prussian artist.
Please book your time slot ticket in advance and bring along your mask.