Alte Pinakothek

Located in the Kunstareal in Munich, Germany, Alte Pinakothek is an art museum. It is amongst the oldest galleries and has one of the most well-known collections of old master paintings. In 1826 Leo von Klenze was ordered by King Ludwig I of Bavaria to construct a new building for the gallery to display the Wittelsbach collection.

Munich Alte Pinakothek

Munich Alte Pinakothek

The museum galleries were made to present Rubens’ “Last Judgment”, which is amongst the biggest canvasses ever painted. After being inaugurated in 1836, the building became a perfect example for museum buildings of Germany, and that of whole Europe.

It also became a model for galleries built in St Petersburg, Rome, Kassel and Brussels. The museum building got damaged severely by bombing in World War II. It, however, got reconstructed and was again open to the public in late 1950s.

Alte Pinakothek is under the management of Bavarian State Picture Collection, which itself has an extended collection of many European paintings, dating from the 13th to 18th century. In particular its collection of Old German, Early Italian, Flemish and Old Dutch paintings are amongst the most important in the world.

A collection of more than 800 such paintings are displayed in the Old Pinakothek. Owing to not too much of available space in the building, a few associated Bavarian galleries also display the Old Masters. (photo: Rufus46)