Alte Nationalgalerie Berlin

This is the last of the five museums on the UNESCO protected Museum Insel, museum island, I was yet to explore.

The gallery building, another by the prolific architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel, houses works from the late 1700s through to the 1900s. What I enjoyed was some of the royal scandals behind the works displayed.

For example, the stunning double statue of two young women by sculptor Schadow, of Luise and Friederike, whom in 1793 were married off to the Crown Prince of Prussia and his younger brother respectively.

One princess had 8 children and died at 34 a paragon of virtue. Unlike her sister, whom after losing her husband within a year to diphtheria, took to being a bit too much of a merry widow.

I loved the subtle subversiveness of many of the palace’s artists too. Franz Krüger for example, made what should have been a picture of an early 1800s royal mounted parade, not about the Kaiser, but instead stuck him over to the side, whilst in the foreground detailed were Berlin people in the street.

There are three storeys of German works, all amazing, and also some fabulous French impressionist works Max Liebermann had the foresight to purchase in France for the Berlin Gallery. The collection includes Manet, Monet, Renoir and Rodin.

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