This museum is world famous. For serious reasons (you will read about them in a few seconds), but even if you are not at all interested in fine arts, you will certainly know the the winged angels – from dog collars, umbrella stands, bedding, cookie jars, umbrellas and of course poetry albums. The cheeky cherubim have their own legends – but as Raphael, who painted the Sixtine Madonna 1512/1513 , did neither twitter nor write on Facebook, we don’t know the truth and just look at them to find them cute.
For the more engaged connoisseur the painting on top of the angels is an outstanding masterpiece that you can watch again and again. But Raphael’s Sixtine Madonna is just one of the many highlights in Old Masters. You find works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Rubens, Dürer, Cranach, Holbein and others. One recommendation are the vedute of Bernado Bellotto, who lived in Dresden from 1747 to 1758. The paintings of the cities Dresden and Pirna and their surroundings that he created in a photorealistic style preserve the way of live in those days.
The structure that houses the Old Masters was originally erected in 1855 following Gottfried Semper’s plans, and it was one of the most important museum projects in 19th-century Germany. It welcomes more than half a million visitors each year – a number that is still on the rise.