Classical music crystallized at Berlin’s Alte Nationalgalerie


courtesy Wikimedia Commons

The city of Berlin offers city dwellers an amazing proposition: an off-peak, all-access, year-long pass to nineteen art museums and research centers for a modest 25 euros. Since buying the pass in October I’ve been on a quest to visit as many sites as possible. Firmly resolved: it will get done.

Most recently I went to the Alte Nationalgalerie. The Alte Nationalgalerie was completed in 1876 and renovated in 2001. It’s home to works by Rodin, Pissarro, and others you’d expect. Even better, it boasts a sturdy collection of German painters from the past three centuries.

The Alte Nationalgalerie also houses paintings and sculptures of interest to classical music buffs. I snapped a few photos for posterity, which you can see below.

Richard Wagner in two forms.

Great musical talent, garbage personal and social views. Painting by Franz von Lenbach.
Sculpture by Lorenz Gedon.

Behold Franz Liszt and his spindly long fingers. Also pictured: bust of Beethoven (obvs) as well as Berlioz, Paganini, Rossini.

Painting by Josef Danhauser.

Arnold Böcklin painted this self-portrait with death playing the fiddle behind him. Ominous.


Flute Concert of Frederick the Great at Sansoucci


Painting by Adolph Menzel.

For ever work here there were many, many more. If you’re in Berlin, do yourself a favor and stop by. There is an abundance to feast on.


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