The Alte Pinakothek is the most important Art Museum in Munich and arguably one of the most noteworthy in Europe. The Museum was damaged during World War 2, but was rebuilt to its former glory by Hans Doellgast.
Started by the Wittelsbach royal family in the 1500s, it first opened its doors to the public 1836 and has been one of the most popular Attractions in Munich ever since. It houses over eight hundred paintings from between the 14th and 18th centuries and true art lovers will take more than a day to explore everything the museum has to offer. Larger paintings are displayed in the main rooms, and smaller ones in the side galleries. Some of the highlights include:
- Leonardo da Vinci’s Madonna
- Albrecht Duerer’s "Four Apostles" and his Christ-like self portrait
- Raphael's "Madonna Tempi" and "The Canigiani Holy Family"
- Roger van der Weyden’s "St. Columba Altarpiece"
- The largest Paul Rubens in the world including the enormous "Judgement Day"
Many thousands of works of art are owned by the museum and lie in storage. Because of this fact, be aware that exhibits can and will change. As of writing, the aforementioned information is correct, and most of the more famous exhibits will always be on show.
Alte Pinakothek Reviews
The entrance fee was pretty cheap, I think around 5 euros, especially considering the collections in this gallery. I'd say it rivals the Lourve in Paris in fact. The oldest known Da Vinci painting is here, which was the highlight for us. We wanted we spend longer looking around, but we also wanted to see the Neue Pinakothek on the same day, so had to leave early. (This review has been translated from German)
There's a lot of artworks inside, and you'll probably be lost after the 20 paintings. I downloaded the Periplus audio-guide (www.peripl.us), it certainly helped to make sense of the major pieces in the galleries.
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