- Location: Munich, Germany
- Attraction Type: Museum
- Significance: European Paintings between 14th and 18th century
- Best Time to visit: Daily except for Monday between 10.00 & 18.00 except Mondays, Shrove Tuesdays, May 1, Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, New Years Eve
- Admission Fee: 9 Euro (Concessions 7 Euro including Audio-Guide for the permanent collection), Sunday Admission: 5 Euro (Concessions: 3.5 Euro)
- How to Reach: Take a bus or a taxi to reach Barer Street from any part of Munich, which is where the museum is located.
- Nearest International Airport: Munich International Airport
Visiting a gallery full to the very brim by gems from the masters of yore is an experience to cherish for connoisseurs all over. However, the experience in Alte Pinakothek is much more than that. Imagine standing in front of a work by Johann Liss, with some Baroque masterpiece from Schutz playing in the background and some expert giving an enlightening lecture on the technical nuances of the ‘Death of Cleopatra’. You are summarily transported to that era, to Germany of the 17th century. Alte Pinakothek is an art lover’s idea of paradise. It is an integral part of your Munich and Germany tour. Alte Pinakothek Overview
Alte Pinakothek has a stupendous collection of European paintings between the 14th and 18th centuries. There are paintings from all major centers of European renaissance, particularly Italy, Germany, Holland, and Spain. There is a large collection of artworks by the Flemish masters as well. The collection of Alte Pinakothek displays a wide variety of styles from the religious mannerisms of the late Middle Ages to the vehement realism of the High Renaissance. There are many baroque and rococo style works as well. Moreover, the works are by the most definitive masters of each style.
The collection of Alte Pinakothek gradually developed over the years through the efforts of some of the most influential royal personages in Germany. It was started by William IV and was continued by Elector Maximilian I. He was mainly responsible for procuring works by Durer. During his terms as the Governor of Spanish Netherlands, Maximilian II Emanuel acquired a large number of Dutch and Flemish paintings. The secularization of the churches added to the creation of the largest creation in the museum.
The Collections of Alte Pinakothek
The entire collection of Alte Pinakothek can be divided broadly among works by Italian, Dutch, Flemish and German masters. Some of the most reputed paintings by German master include ‘The Battle of Issus’ by Albrecht Altdorfer, an amazing collection of religious paintings by Hans Holbein, Hans von Aachen’s ‘The Triumph of Truth’, and a great collection from Albrecht Durer, including the iconic painting ‘The Four Apostles’.
Equally impressive is the museum’s collection of Italian paintings. There are paintings belonging to the very early part of the Italian Renaissance including Giotto’s ‘The Last Supper’. There are works from almost all schools of the Italian renaissance, including Florentine works by Sandro Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and quite a few works by Raphael. One of the biggest attractions of the museum is Leonardo’s ‘Madonna of the Carnation’. Titian’s ‘Vanity’, Tintoretto’s ‘Christ in the House of Mary and Martha’ and Filippo Lippi’s ‘Annunciation’ are some of the other Italian masterpieces in the gallery.
Flemish painters were at the forefront of renaissance and medieval art, creating a style and aesthetic all of their own, quite independent from the Italian school, and equally impressive. There are works by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Rubens, and Jacob Jordaens. The collection of Rubens is particularly impressive and is considered to be the largest one worldwide. Among the Dutch painters, there are works by Rijn, Weyden, Dieric Gouts and the famous ‘Fragment from the Last Judgment’ by the enigmatic Hieronymus Bosch.
The collection of Spanish and French painters, though smaller in size compared to the other collections, is equally impressive. Some great French paintings that form a part of the group include Nicolas Poussin’s ‘Midas and Bacchus’, Boucher’s ‘Madame de Pompadour and Chardin’s ‘Woman Cleaning Turnips’. Spanish masterpieces include El Greco’s famous ‘Disrobing of Christ’, Velazquez’ ‘Young Spanish Gentleman’ and Ribera’s ‘Saint Bartholomew’. A collection of paintings by Francisco de Goya has been shifted to the New Pinakothek.
Thousands of people visit Munich every year to soak in its unique charm, history and witness unique Bavarian festivals and events. There are plenty of hotels, inns and other accommodations options in Munich that cater to the needs of all kinds of visitors. Some of the most popular hotels in Munich include Hotel Europaischer Hof, Mandarin Oriental, Regent, and InterCity Hotel. There are many last-minute budget accommodations that can also be found in Munich. Alte Pinakothek can be easily accessed from all parts of Munich.