The World’s Oldest Art Museum : Alte Pinakothek

The Alte Pinakothek is among the world’s oldest art museums and hence is an excellent collection of world history and art. The people of Germany have always admired art in all its forms and European art has reached its peak here in Munich.

The Alte Pinakothek is a symbol of the great contribution of this great country towards art. An art museum is usually known for its collection and the famous artists whose work is preserved there but the Alte Pinakothek is not just known for its collection. The building itself is a piece of history.

The Alte Pinakothek or the Old Pinakothek was established in the year 1836 and along with the Neue Pinakothek or the New Pinakothek forms a complete collection of German Art all through till the 20th century. Both these art museums are maintained by the Bavarian State Picture Collection. The two exhibits are located in Munich in an area referred to as the Kunstareal which simply translates to the Art Area.

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The Alte Pinakothek is a collection of all major old master paintings. The period covered ranges as back as the 13th century. An old master is a painter of considerable acclaim and expertise in a certain technique who lived and painted before the year 1800. The period after this is the modern era and paintings of these times are preserved in the New Pinakothek. The old masters include painters from Spain, Italy, France, Netherlands, and the Austria-Hungarian Empire and of course the German and the Bavarian Empire. Artefacts from the Prussian Empire also find a special place in the Old Pinakothek.

The building itself attracts thousands of tourists every year. The beautiful walls of the Pinakothek were designed for famous paintings including the large wall in the central hall which was reserved for Rubens’ “Last Judgement”. The wall faced severe damage due to bombings during the Second World War but was later restored in the late 50’s. The Alte Pinakothek started functioning in its current form in the year 1959 and since then has been a great hits among tourists and natives alike.


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