On our 3 hour historical tour we will discuss the modenist outlines of the Kulturforum, and a walk by such stunning buildings such as the Neue Nationalgalerie designed by Mies van der Rohe and the organic State Library and Philharmonie both by Hans Scharoun, we will concentrate on the spectacular paintings of the Gemäldegalerie.
We will examine finest collections of European masterpieces and in order to help you better understand early modern art practices we discuss exciting details of historical paintings, analyzing process, material and compositional structure, and considering the ever changing role of art in the society. Looking closely at the Gemäldegalerie’s extraordinary medieval art helps us to acquire a context for the artistic development of later centuries. We move forward by investigating the surprisingly contemporary qualities of the Dutch Golden Age paintings, paying special attention to the octagonal Rembrandt room at the heart of the museum and admiring the magical genre scenes of Jan Vermeer with his luminous painting technique and revolutionary use of optical devices, such as a camera obscura. We cover as many facets as possible within our three hours, but we humbly acknowledge that with such a colossal amount of art history masterpieces, the Gemäldegalerie is best tackled over a couple of visits.
- Experience the Kulturforum Complex, Berlin’s Modernist answer to Museum Island
- Explore the unparalleled collection of classical masterpieces in the Gemäldgalerie (Painting Gallery), including works by Botticelli, Coreggio, Rembrandt and Vermeer
- Investigate the surprisingly contemporary qualities of the Dutch Golden Age paintings including works of Rembrandt
- Admire the magical genre scenes of Jan Vermeer
- Consider revolutionary art practices of the old Masters such as the use of Camera Obscura