MuseumOld Pinakothek

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About the museum

The Old Pinakothek is one of the world's oldest and most well-known art galleries. Its collection amounts to 9000 paintings by 1400 European painters from the Middle Ages until the year 1750. The permanent exhibition of the art gallery includes 700 paintings.
At the beginning of the 16th century, Duke Wilhelm IV laid the foundation for the collection. He took a decision to beautify the summer pavilion of his Munich Residence with paintings and commissioned historical art by notable German painters of the time.
During the course of the 16-19th centuries, Electors of Bavaria enriched the collection of paintings by German, Dutch, Flemish, and French painters.
The final stage in the creation of the Old Pinakothek in Munich began in the first half of the nineteenth century under King Ludwig I. The king personally acquired paintings by Italian artists of the Renaissance.
In the years 1826-1836 the art gallery’s main building was constructed. Paintings were located in strict chronological order according to artistic schools. In numerous halls of the art gallery, no other works of art could be seen except paintings.
On Sundays the admission to the art gallery was free. Initially, the residents of the city preferred to picnic on the lawns in front of the art gallery, but as time went on the public become receptive to the offer, given the opportunity to see beautiful paintings featured in the exposition. A tokenistic fee for a Sunday visit to the Old Pinakothek at the cost of one euro has been charged since recently.
In the World War Two many museums in Munich were destroyed by the Anglo-American air force. The paintings, however, escaped unscathed as they were put away safely. The ruined Old Pinakothek was reconstructed, and its first halls were re-opened to the public as early as 1963.
All the paintings of the Old Pinakothek are divided into topics as follows:
1. German paintings of the 14-17th centuries
2. Dutch paintings of the 14-17th centuries
3. Flemish paintings of the 14-17th centuries
4. Italian paintings of the 13-17th centuries
5. French paintings of the 17-18th centuries
6. Spanish paintings of the 17-18th centuries.

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  • Alte Pinakothek, 27, Barer Straße, Bezirksteil Königsplatz, Stadtbezirk 03 Maxvorstadt, Munich, Upper Bavaria, Bavaria, 80333, Germany
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  • Анна

    2 out of 5 rating 05-01-2018

    Абсолютно неинформативно, навигация не привязана к номерам картин местного аудиогида, никаких других номеров и QR-кодов под картинами нет. Рассказы о картинах неинтересные и малоинформативные, сам выбор сомнителен. Халтурная работа, для галочки.

  • Путешественник

    4 out of 5 rating 10-29-2017

    "Бегство в Египет" и "Пожар Трои" перепутаны местами.

  • sehr schön!

    5 out of 5 rating 05-13-2017

    tolle Bilder. Wunderbar!

  • Лина

    5 out of 5 rating 05-10-2017

    Спасибо огромное! Интересно и познавательно

  • Путешественник

    5 out of 5 rating 08-14-2016

    Спасибо большое !!! Отличный материал подобран и рассказан про картины в старой пинокатеки!!! Только получилось довольно коротко ... Ждем продолжения :)

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