Saturday, June 14, 2014
Culture: Gemäldegalerie, Berlin
The Gemäldegalerie has one of the world’s most important collections of European painting ranging from the 13th to 18th century (smb). You can discover there works by Jan van Eyck, Pieter Bruegel, Albrecht Dürer, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt, Jan Vermeer van Delft and more.
Viewing them is like time travel. The images give an impression of thinking and culture in the past. Many paintings have religious themes but others display every day life and also the fun people had sometimes inn spite of the general poverty and illiteracy. There are also some early sexual provocations.
The collection here starts with the Dutch Masters Wouter Pieterz Crabeth II ("Card Sharks") followed by Lucas van Valckenborch ("Winter") and Cornelis van Harlem ("Bathseba"). The next picture paragraph shows Petrus Christus ("Picture of a Young Lady), Jan Vermeer ("The Glas Wine" & "Young Lady with Pearl Necklace"), Rembrandt (Self-Portrait), Lucas Cranach ("Lucretia") & Holbein (The Merchant Georg Gisze".
The third image paragraph displays Caravaggio ("Leda and the Swan" plus "Amor Victorious") & Jacopo Amigoni ("Lot and his daughters" and another painting). Let the pictures speak for themselves. Enjoy.