Alte Pinakothek Munich: Information about exhibitions, artists and paintings

Alte Pinakothek , Foto: Alte Pinakothek
Foto: Alte Pinakothek

Discovers painting from the 14th to the 18th century

As one of the most important painting galleries in the world, the Alte Pinakothek shows European painting from the 14th to the 18th century. Wondering what highlights there are to see? Stay glued here.

The Alte Pinakothek at a glance

Well over 700 paintings are on display in 19 halls and 47 cabinets. Since 1836, art enthusiasts have been wandering through the impressive rooms on two floors created by the architect Leo von Klenze, where they marvel and experience the following:

  • Highlights of art history: By Albrecht Dürer Rembrandts and Albrecht Altdorfer, for instance.
  • Art of the grand masters:  Among others paintings by Botticelli, Da Vinci, Raphael, Titian or Rubens
  • The collection of Old German painting is the most extensive of its kind
  • Special exhibitions , workshops, readings, concerts or film screenings
  • Children's programs , guided tours and drawing courses
  • Museum store and café

Location: In the art area near Königsplatz
Recommended length of stay: At least 2 hours
Children's program: guided tours for children, workshops, interactive drawing courses and various holiday programs.
Directions: City bus 100 and tram 27/28 to "Pinakotheken" or U3 / U4 / U5 / U6 to Odeonsplatz
Parking: The museum's own car park is available for people with a disabled parking permit

Botticelli, Da Vinci, Raphael, Rubens: 700 paintings from all over Europe

Das große jüngste Gericht , Foto: Alte Pinakothek
Foto: Alte Pinakothek

The ground and upper floors of the Alte Pinakothek present more than 700 paintings from all over Europe. Many of them are among the highlights of art history, for example Albrecht Dürer's "Self-Portrait in a Fur Coat" and Rembrandt's variant, "Youthful Self-Portrait". Albrecht Altdorfer's "Battle of Alexander" in its brilliant colors is also on display here.

The artists' names in the Alte Pinakothek are those of the grand masters: Botticelli, Da Vinci, Raphael, Titian or Rubens, among others. The collection of Old German painting is one of the most extensive of its kind. But the most breathtaking sight is the oil painting by Peter Paul Rubens, more than six meters high: "The Great Last Judgment" is presented on the top floor in the room dedicated to Flemish painting of the 17th century.

Special exhibitions on selected themes of European painting as well as presentations from the museum's own holdings have a long tradition at the Alte Pinakothek and round off the exhibition program.

The history of the Alte Pinakothek

Alte Pinakothek Südseite, Foto: flyingrabbits
Foto: flyingrabbits

King Ludwig I of Bavaria was a passionate art collector. Around 1820, he decided to make his treasures accessible to the public and commissioned his court architect Leo von Klenze to design a worthy art gallery.

Construction work began in 1826. At the time of its completion, the Alte Pinakothek was considered the largest museum building in the world, a showcase for other museums such as the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. Leo Klenze designed his masterpiece to be both magnificent and functional: large halls lit by skylights are perfectly complemented by cabinet rooms on the north side.

In 1836, the then new and now Alte Pinakothek was opened. Among its treasures is an extensive art collection of the Wittelsbach family.

The building was severely damaged during the bombing nights of World War II. Fortunately, the paintings had been moved out of storage beforehand. The way the building was rebuilt until 1957 is a matter of taste, as architect Hans Döllgast opted for repair rather than reconstruction. Missing pieces of the facade were replaced with an unrendered brick masonry. The effects of the war are thus still visible today and not hidden.

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