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Moscow, Moskva, Russia
September 15, 2010
From journal The tourist season lasts all year round
August 24, 2010
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
November 3, 2006
From journal The Art and Culture of Munich
June 3, 2003
I am a Rubens fan and this museum has more Rubens paintings than any other in Europe. There is a wonderful Rubens painting called the Lion Hunt which shows lions attacking the hunters on horseback. It is a very graphical painting and he captured amazing elements with the details of the muscles and expressions of not only the humans, but also the horses and the lions in the painting. They have on display an early version of the painting where Rubens sketched out drawings of the picture in a smaller form before he painted the canvas. It is a rare treasure to see how a master such as Rubens evolved and developed his work into the final piece.
In addition to Rubens, there are several other masters’ works on display as well. You will see numerous paintings by Rembrandt, da Vinci, Botticelli, Raphael, Titian and van Dyck as well as other Dutch, Flemish, French, Spanish and Italian artists. By seeing so many famous artists’ paintings that are not published in text books we felt that we saw a different side of the artists or were introduced to many of them for the first time. We were most impressed with van Dyck since we were not too familiar with his work before visiting Alte Pinakothek.
Throughout the museum there were two or three different paintings of a story called Susanna and the Elders. They were by different artists in different time periods. I bought a post card of van Dyck’s version so I would remember the name of it. To this day, I do not know what the story is, but I have created several stories myself of what could be going on with Susanna and the Elders. Is she guilty of something? Do they desire her? Did she betray them? I guess that’s what art interpretation is all about.
From journal Munich - Gateway to Bavaria
February 4, 2001
This collection was begun by the Wittelsbach family and has grown into one of the premier collections in the world. There are 6 paintings by Albrecht Durer including his famous self portrait (the one where he looks like Christ) his painting of Lucretia, and his panel work the 4 Apostles. There are 3 Raphael Madonnas and a Madonna by da Vinci. I loved the Lippi Madonna and child. She is in a side gallery and she has a wonderful pink dress with a blue cloak, her head and neck are covered by a lacy headdress that the child is reaching for.
There is a Roger Van der Weyden altarpiece and several pieces from Lucas Cranch the elder. There are works by Rembrandt, a room full of Rubens including portraits of both his wives, Van Dyke, Hals and there are a whole section of Bruegels father and son.
You will need at least 2 hours to do this museum justice and maybe even more. They have a nice gift shop and a small cafe where you can get a rest and some nourishment to continue across the street at the Neue Pinakothek, which is also reduced in price on Sunday.
From journal Munich Beyond Beer