You can visit many impressive masterpieces of all eras in Berliner museums. But where exactly do you find the work of Albrecht Dürer, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Sandro Botticelli, Peter Paul Rubens or the world famous Nerfertiti? We’re presenting the most impressive masterpieces of art in Berlin and with just one click, we will guide you to the relevant museum so that you can see your favourite piece for yourself.

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  • Frans Hals – Malle Babbe

    The portrayed woman actually existed. The Gemeentearchief in Haarlem gave disclosure on her. She stayed in a working house in Haarlem, which was to that time also a mental hospital and jail. She stayed in the section for people suffering from leprosy and paid about 65 Gulden towards rent. Frans Hals’s son Pieter, who was […]

  • Jan Vermeer (van Delft) – Man and Woman drinking Wine

    The glance falls into a room that is furnished with a table, a bench and two chairs. The table is covered in an expensive manufactured table cloth. A painting in a gold frame is hanging on the wall. A woman dressed in a fancy red dress is sitting on a chair opposite the window. The […]

  • Boy with Thorn

    The “Boy with Thorn” statue is 28.5 cm high. It was discovered during excavations at the Villa Aldobrandini in Rome. Only the torso of the original statue has been preserved. The head, arms, legs, stone and pedestal were completed by the sculptor Emil Wolff following the “Capitoline Boy with Thorn”, a 73-cm bronze figure from […]

  • Sandro Botticelli – Madonna with Child

    Thanks to Count Atanasius Raczynski one is able to marvel at “Madonna with Child” and eight singing angels by Sandro Botticelli in Berlin. In 1824 he bought the art piece for 2500 francs (for his collection in his art gallery at his palace). A not so well known fact is that his palace was situated […]

  • Adolph Menzel – Steel Rolling Mill

    The portrayed interaction between man and machine impresses the observer in particular. Massive driving wheels, pistons, rollers, a variety of cables and connections, in between a great number of people manually operating the necessary machines. The picture almost looks like a swarm of ants. Around six men are standing in the centre of the picture. […]

  • Bust of Pericles

    We see the head of Pericles with a Corinthian helmet. He was the statesman and leader of the military from Athens and was the ideal image of a war strategist. The marble bust was created as a copy from the original bronze statue, created by the Greek sculptor Kresilas. Four marble copies exist from the […]

  • Paul Cezanne – Le Moulin sur la Couleuvre a Pontoise

    The purchase of the painting in 1897 by the director of the Berliner Nationalgalerie Hugo von Tschudi, was only a small revolution. Not only did Tschudi rebel against Wilhelm II, who hated the French, who in return preferenced more historical paintings, but the Berliner Museum already owned an artwork from Cezanne, even before the government’s […]

  • Edouard Manet – Dans la Serre

    The elegantly dressed Madame Guillemet is sitting in a pigeon blue coloured dress on a dark blue bench in a winter garden, with lush, green plants. She’s wearing a light yellow hat, with gloves that match the colour of the dress. She’s holding a light yellow umbrella in her right hand, that’s laying on her […]

  • Georg Flegel – Spanish Iris, wind and cherries

    Georg Flegel, born in 1566 in Olmütz, the historic centre of Moravia up to the 17th century in today’s Czech Republic, died on 23rd March 1638 in Frankfurt am Main. Flegel was an important representative of still life art in the early 17th century, a period during which still life was becoming increasingly manifest as an independent motif. […]

  • Edouard Manet – House at Rueil

    A hot summer’s day in gleaming light. The painter is seated in the shade from the trees on a nearly white gravel path. His glance falls upon the sunlit house in front of him. We can only see a part of the two storey house. The facade is one of a French cottage with classical […]

  • Wilhelm Leibl – Woman from Dachau with child

    A woman in black, costume-like clothes is sitting in front of us. Her left arm is placed around a little child, both of which are wearing headgear. The woman’s headgear is made out of fur. The hands of the woman are adorned with gemmed rings, the chest region of her dress is embellished with silver […]

  • Thermoses – Nefertiti

    Thermoses (also known as Thutmose or Djehutimes) was an Egyptian sculptor during the time of Pharaoh Ikhnaton and his wife Nefertiti (around 1350 b.C. / 18. Dynasty / New Empire). The name of the artist is in connection with the title “Thermoses, favourite of the good gods, overseer of workers and sculptors”. The bust of […]

  • Claude Monet – L’Ete

    `When the sky and the landscape melt in the shimmering sunlight, summer’s there`, that’s what one could think while looking at the painting “L’Ete” by Claude Monet. Our glance glides across a cornfield or meadow, where a woman is sitting at the front in the shade. An umbrella is lying next to her. The grass […]

  • Rogier van der Weyden – Portrait of a Young Lady

    The picture is a semi portrait of a young woman. She is wearing white, winged headwear that leads down to under her chin, similar material to a nun’s headwear. The mass transfer is attached with golden needles. Her grey, beige dress with complex creases is lying over her breasts. Her cleavage is covered with dark […]

  • Processional Way the of Ishtar Gate

    The Ishtar Gate and the Processional Way leading up to it, belonged to one of the city gates of Babylon, which lays by the river Euphrat in today’s Iraq. They were created as shown here under the command of Nebukadnezar II (605-562 bc). The walls in Babylon, of the capital Babylonians, belonged to one of […]

  • Max Liebermann – Women plucking geese

    Max Liebermann was still a student in Weimar when he painted “Women Plucking Geese”. Liebermann was influenced by a contemporary art piece from Mihály von Munkácsy, which shows “Flachspflücker” that he saw in Munkascy’s atelier in Düsseldorf. After he saw Munkascy’s painting, he started his own, his first big oil painting. He didn’t find recognition […]

  • Petrus Christus – Portrait of a Young Girl

    One sees a classical renaissance portrait of a young woman with even facial features and at the time popular high-forehead, dressed fancy in a blue, neckless dress with fur trimming. She’s wearing an extravagant pearl necklace and headwear with embroidery on the edge of her head and a ribbon tied around her chin. A tiny […]

  • Ishtar Gate

    The construction of the Ishtar Gate was carried out in several phases, especially during the extension of the Royal Place under Nebuchadnezzar II from 605 to 562 BC. The Ishtar Gate was one of a total of five gates of Babylon, located at the river Euphrates in today’s Iraq. It served as the northern gate, the […]

  • Phillip Otto Runge – Wife and Son of the Artist

    Pauline Runge, the wife of the artist, is carrying her son in her arms. She’s looking at her child, who is looking at the observer of the picture. He is holding a yellow fruit in his left hand and his right hand is laying of the breast of his mother. The classicist picture seems expressively […]

  • Hans Holbein the Younger – The merchant Georg Giese

    Giese himself probably commissioned this portrait, “The Merchant Georg Gisze”. Holbein painted it in1532. It impressively and allegorically shows in detail the workplace of a businessman of the 16th Century. An account book for accounting, a scale, a seal, writing utilities, coins and letters with readable writing unambiguously show that Giese is a merchant. The […]

  • Carl Blechen – Waldweg bei Spandau

    A dark, cathedral-like forest of beeches and pines curves above a small footbridge, on which a young woman stands. She is dressed in white, in the style of Romanticism, with an aproned skirt, white stockings and a headscarf. She has placed a bundle of hay on the handrail of the bridge. She is looking towards […]

  • Lovis Corinth – Woman with Rose-Trimmed Hat

    One sees the portrait of a woman who is the wife of the painter Charlotte Berend-Corinth (*1880 in Berlin, † 1967 in New York City). Her head is covered by a big hat with pink and purple petals. Her facial expression is a smile. Her glance falls to the right, past the observer. Charlotte placed […]

  • Adolph Menzel – Railway between Berlin and Potsdam

    The observer stands so to speak alongside the painter, looking down at a slightly hilly field before the gates to Berlin. Its silhouette can be recognized in the mist of the horizon. The train tracks in the shape of a backwards “c” are swerving through an ideal, brown-beige landscape. It passes a little house that […]

  • Carl Schuch – Still Life with Partridges and Cheese

    A glass cheese cover is standing on a shelf in the corner of the room, covering half a dozen grey-white mouldy cheese. Hanging on a wall behind that are two freshly captured partridges, above that three smaller chickens, perhaps quails. Following the diagonal on the right side of the picture are two filled preserving glasses. […]

  • Adolph Menzel – Flute concert in Sanssouci

    Adolph Menzel grants us a detailed insight of a cultural evening at the court of Friedrich the Great in the palace Sanssouci. Music is being played. The king himself is playing the flute. He is standing in the centre of the picture. To the right his chamber ensemble and to the left an audience of […]

  • Carl Gustav Carus – Balcony in Naples

    In 1828 Carl Gustav Carus accompanied the painter and doctor, Prince Friedrich August of Saxony on a journey to Italy. Nowadays, with the help of Carl Gustav Carus’s diary, one can still enjoy Carus’s excitement upon arrival in Nepal on May 4th: “An old, richly dressed, German chamberlain shows everyone to their already prepared room. […]

  • Paul Cezanne – Still life with flowers and fruits

    A wooden table. On the table lays a snatched up table cloth with yellow and green pears scattered on it. On the right edge of the table is a light blue braided glass jar with a handle, in which a more lush bouquet of summer flowers such as red poppies, white margaritas and other garden […]

  • Auguste Renoir – En Été

    Lise, Renoir’s lover from 1865 until 1871, is sitting in a relaxed position on a chair. Her long, dark hair is tied back with a red ribbon. Her curls fall down to her shoulders and arms. Her short sleeved white blouse has slipped off of her right shoulder. Her left hand is holding her right […]

  • Caravaggio – Cupid as Victor

    Caravaggio is said to be the master of light and shade like how his piece “Amor vincit Omnia” or “Cupid as victor” undoubtedly proves. The specific focus was on the use of light and shade causing the painting to seem plastic, showing a naked and winged cupid embodied by a young boy. His pose is […]

  • Rembrandt – Self-portrait with Velvet Barett

    In comparison with other artists at the time, Rembrandt painted the most self-portraits. The famous Dutch Baroque painter, painted self-portraits from a young age and carried on until he was old. Rembrandt looks confident as he glances over his right shoulder, looking at the observer through his blue eyes. His mouth a slightly opened as […]

  • Antoine Watteau – Embarkation to Kythera

    Courting couples in magnificent Rococo garments are getting ready to set out or are expectantly boarding the ship waiting below the embankment. They are surrounded by fluttering cupids. The destination of the ship’s journey is the Greek Cythera, an authentic island south of the Peloponnese, which is considered the island of love. The Roman Goddess […]

  • Lucas Cranach the Elder – Adam and Eve in paradise

    Cranach depicts the moment when Eve passes the forbidden apple to Adam. Both are standing naked in the Garden of Eden. A deer is resting at Adam’s feet, a lion at Eve’s. Eve’s long blond curls flow down her back. Adam is holding a twig, which seemingly coincidentally covers both his and her shameful body […]

  • Hans von Marées – Self-Portrait with Yellow Hat

    The self-portrait was created after Marees finished the most important order of his life: He took over the frescos deisgn, financed by his patron and culturist philosopher Konrad Fiedler, at the Zoo station in Italy’s Naples. The fresco counts as one of the most influential works of art in the 19. Century. Apparently Marees was […]

  • Carl Spitzweg – Flying the Kite

    The format of this picture is, apart from the main character, the first thing you notice. The picture only 12 cm wide and 38 cm high. The ratio of picture is laid out almost exactly 1:3. The contents of the picture also has the same ratio. A cloudless, light blue sky seemingly expands infinitely high […]

  • Rembrandt van Rijn – Man in a Gold Helmet – from the circle around

    In 1897, the Kaiser-Friedrich-Museums-Verein, a sponsor of the Gemäldegalerie Berlin, purchased the masterpiece “Man in a Gold Helmet” as an original work by Rembrandt. Less than 100 years later, in the 1970s, it came to light as part of the “Rembrandt Research Project” initiated in 1968 that the painting was created by someone close to […]

  • Anselm Feuerbach – Self-portrait

    The pose of Anselm Feuerbach seems distanced, yet proud. The 44 year old painter is aware of his competence, since he finished two of his main pieces of art: the second version of “Platos Symposion” and “Amazonenschlacht”, in the same year he painted himself. He shows his confidence in himself in this painting. His clothing […]

  • Honore Daumier – Don Quixote and Sancho Pansa

    Honoré Daumier’s paintings are less well known, as his name is rather more closely associated with his caricatures, which are considered timeless and universal due to their pointed, satirical character representations. Thus, it is not surprising to find a strongly exaggerated couple from the history of literature in this painting by Daumier: Don Quixote and […]

  • Drawing Dantes Göttliche Komödie – Sandro Botticelli

    Sandro used parchment paper for this drawing. He illustrates “hoelle im 18. Gesang der goettlichen komoedie” from Dante Alighieri (was created approx. 1307-1321) in 1481/82. Dante and his accomplice Vergil are easily visible by the devised use of colourful garments. At the top left of the drawing, Dante and Vergil encounter the mystical figure of […]

  • Eduard Gaertner – Schlossfreiheit

    The view from the front shows a row of neat town houses, which are in line on the other side of the river Spree. Their soft, sandy colour makes them almost appear Mediterranean. Little balconies are protected by the sun by awnings and canopies. Some of the alcoves and balconies project onto the Spree. On […]

  • Jean Fouquet – The Melun Diptych

    The piece of art is the left wing of the “Melun Diptych”, a two-winged panel. Portrayed is the artist’s employer, Etienne Chevaier alongside Saint Stephanus. It was created around 1456. The panel hung over the grave of Catherine Bude, the wife of Etienne Chevalier, in the collegiate church in Notre-Dame in Melun, France. The right […]

  • Statue of Athena Parthenos

    Athena – according to Greek mythology, she is the goddess of wisdom, war strategy, art, crafts and skill. The Greek capital Athens is her namesake city. Her most famous colossal statue was located in the Parthenon in Athens, the “virgin chamber” for the city goddess. The fragment of the statue of the Athena Parthenos standing […]

  • Max Slevogt – The red D’Andrade

    Opera singer Francesco d’Andrade, born 1858 in Lisbon and died 1921 in Berlin, celebrated success with his demon-like compulsive embodiment of Don Giovanni. Slevogt became friends with d’Andrade in 1894 when he met him at a Don Giovanni performance for the royal court opera in Munich. His engaging appearance became recurring motif in Slevogt’s work. […]

  • Hans Baldung – The Crucifixion of Christ

    Hans Baldung impressively shows us his version of the Crucifixion of Christ. We see a very pale Christ on the cross, flanked by two other crucified men with twisted limbs. Baldung locates the event within his period, the Renaissance. The others present, the soldiers, Mary, the disciple John, Mary Magdalene at the foot of the […]

  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner – Girl in Tub

    A naked woman in the bathtub is bending towards her prefixed right foot. She holds a towel to her hip with her left hand. Her hair is tied together on her head. Kirchner sketched the outline of the woman very gently with feather strokes and shading. Two years beforehand, in 1911, Kirchner already drew a […]

  • Charles Mellin – Portrait of a Gentleman

    We see the impressive, popular figure of a man. He’s standing lateral, slightly elevated by a step next to a stone pillar. He’s looking down at the observer over his right shoulder. His glance is distanced and proud. His face is dominated by his double chin, round cheeks and his thick red-brown hair. No less […]

  • Peter Paul Rubens – The holy Sebastian

    According to the legend, the Roman Kaiser Diocletian sentenced Sebastian, the officer of his guards and captain of the praetorian guards, to death around 228 after Christ. Sebastian cited himself as a Christian and apparently helped other Christians in distress. Sebastian was shot by archers but didn’t die. He was saved and cared for by […]

  • Vincent van Gogh – The Harvest – for Emile Bernard

    Vincent van Gogh managed to create a summerly landscape by using dots and lines. One has the feeling as if he’s working on his first draft, working on image composition. There are other variations of this drawing. The focal point and the pictured landscape stay the same, also the late summer harvest motif are reused. […]

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