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Bildergalerie, Potsdam

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Art Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
The Picture Gallery {Bildergalerie} in the park of Sanssouci palace in Potsdam was built in 1755 - 1764 during the reign of Frederick II of Prussia under the supervision of Johann Gottfried Büring. The Picture Gallery is situated east of the palace and is the oldest extant museum built for a ruler in Germany.HistoryFrederick II was a passionate collector of paintings. In his youth, he preferred the contemporary French art of the Rococo, and the walls of his rooms in Sanssouci were adorned with paintings of his favorite artist Antoine Watteau. After his accession to the throne in 1740, the king became increasingly interested in history paintings, which were highly regarded at his time. Especially, he collected works of renaissance, mannerism and Baroque art, mostly from Italian and Flemish artists. Due to the opening of the Altes Museum in Berlin in 1829, about fifty paintings were transferred there. Among these were the Leda by Correggio, three paintings by Rembrandt, some by Rubens, Anthony van Dyck, and Antoine Watteau. Also, all the marble statues were moved.
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  • The galerie was created to found the first panting galerie of prestige in Germany.The galery is luxurely decorated.  more »
  • An enormous building housing a fantastic collection of art. Mercifully empty after the overcrowded main house  more »
  • You could teach an art history course from the displayed works
  • Another of the magnificent buildings in Sanssouci Park. You can get a combined ticket to see all the Palaces which is well worth doing. The gallery was very quiet when we were there so we could enjoy viewing the pictures at leisure. The highlight is the Caravaggio picture of Doubting Thomas.

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