Neue Pinakothek in Munich

Neue Pinakothek
Neue Pinakothek in Munich, Germany
Photo from: Allie_Caulfield, Creative Commons

The Neue Pinakothek, situated in Munich, Germany,  is a fine arts museum which mainly highlights the European art works from the 18th and 19th centuries. The Neue Pinakothek and Pinakothek der Moderne museums are a division of Munich’s “Kunstareal”.

The Bavarian Emperor Ludwig I founded the museum in the year 1853. The first building was constructed by August von Voit and Friedrich von Gartner, and was later destroyed during the time of World War II. Any remaining ruins of the building were destroyed completely in 1949. The present Neue Pinakothek building was built by Alexander Freiherr von Branca, a German architect, and in 1981 the building was finally opened.

The Neue Pinakothek museum is under the administration of Bavarian State Picture Collection ad there are currently about 3,000 classic European paintings dispayed there.

The collections display the international paintings of Francisco de Goya portraying him as a doctor; Don Jose Queralto, Jacques-Louis David, Johann Friedrich August Tischbein paintings of Nicolas Chatelain and Anton Graff’s paintings of Heinrich XIII.

English paintings
The English paintings contained in the collections are from the United Kingdom, these collections are the known as the masterworks which include the paintings of

• Thomas Gainsborough painting displaying the shepherds and the flocks
• John Constable
• David Wilkie
• Henry Raeburn
• George Romney
• William Hogarth
• J. M. W. Turner
• Thomas Lawrence
• Joshua Reynolds
• Richard Wilson

German paintings
The German paintings display the work of Friedrich Wilhelm von Schadow, Friedrich Overbeck, Peter von Hess, Heinrich Maria von Hess and Peter von Cornelius.

The sculptures belonging to the 19th century are the works of Pablo Picasso, Antonio Canova, Rudolph Schadow, Aristide Maillol, Bertel Thorvaldsen, Max Klinger and Auguste Rodin.

Today, the Neue Pinakothek is an impressive place to visit. The museum has become a famous spot, which attracts people from all over the world. The museum opens at 10am and closes at 6pm except on Wednesdays where the museum stays open until 8pm and on Tuesdays, which is a holiday. The entry fee is about 4 Euros for adults and 9 Euros on special exhibits.

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