Tuesday, July 3, 2012

DBSB '12: MI, Day 1: Altes Museum

The Altes Museum was constructed in 1823-1830 by the architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel in order to house the Prussian royal art collection, and it was known as the Royal Museum until 1845. It was restored in 1966, and it has since housed the antique collection of the Berlin State Museums.

Schinkel's plans incorporated the building into an entire complex which surrounded the Lustgarten (the garden you can see in front of the museum). The Stadtschloss in the south was a symbol of worldly power, the Zeughaus in the west represented military might, and the Berliner Dom in the east was the embodiment of divine authority. The museum itself stood for science and art.

Though it was originally intended for it to hold all of the city's collections of fine arts, the Altes Museum has housed the Antikensammlung (Collection of Classical Antiquities) since 1904.

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