Old National Gallery and Prussia's Nineteenth Century Half-Day Walking Tour of Berlin With an Art Hi


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  • Old National Gallery and Prussia's Nineteenth Century Half-Day Walking Tour of Berlin With an Art Historian

Berlin, Germany

Trip Type:   Walking Tours
Duration:  3 hours
This 3-hour walking tour in the company of an art historian introduces you to the expansive Prussian art collections. Become familiar with Museumsinsel, better known as Museum Island, first established in Berlin in the 1820s. It was created in relation to Paris’s Louvre with a special focus on the iconic works of French Impressionism and German Romanticism in the world-class collection in the Alte Nationalgalerie.

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This 3-hour walking tour in the company of an art historian introduces you to the expansive Prussian art collections. Become familiar with Museumsinsel, better known as Museum Island, first established in Berlin in the 1820s. It was created in relation to Paris’s Louvre with a special focus on the iconic works of French Impressionism and German Romanticism in the world-class collection in the Alte Nationalgalerie.This 3 hour walk will start off with the exploration of the remarkable history, architecture, and collections that together form this art island in the heart of Berlin. Then, once you have attained the feel of the complex, make your way to the Alte Nationalgalerie, also called the Old National Gallery. It literally rises up before visitors like a true temple for the arts. In this museum, the group will form new cultural views with the fascinating collections of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. The building structure of the museum with its monumental exterior staircase and magnificent indoor stairway was opened in 1876 to be the home of contemporary art, hence its vast rooms of 19th century paintings and sculpture. The harmonious relationship between the museum’s architecture and its vibrant collection is a unique experience in itself.

The tour will concentrate on the paintings of Caspar David Friedrich in order to highlight the German Romanticism. Your guide will talk about the spiritual beauty of Friedrich’s works and discuss his unique artistic practice. Furthermore, try to understand why his paintings have fascinated and influenced generations of other artists, and to what extent they continue to inspire viewers today. Alongside Friedrich, you will expand your view by taking in many other great examples of 19th century German art, such as the large collection of paintings by Max Liebermann, Lovis Corinth and Adolf Menzel that enable us to discuss the practice of Realism during this era.

Once you have built a sense of the German art of the period, explore the museum's rich holdings of French Impressionism as well. Masterpieces by Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne and sculptures by Auguste Rodin will be the subject of the group's attention and analysis as well. In order to consider the revolutionizing principles of this movement, consider the importance of individual artistic style, the influences of non-western artistic practices, the emergence of new art supplies, and the influence of photography for the visual arts of this period. By the end of the tour, you will appreciate these works by thinking about the multiple contexts—cultural, creative and political–that led to this influential period art.




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