Friday, February 5, 2010
Alte Pinakotek Art Museum München
This is Alte Pinakotek as seen from the street in front. Amazing that such a simple looking building could house some of the best paintings from the world's best painters. We were fortunate enough to be there as there was a special display of Peter Paul Rubens paintings in one of the halls. Quite fantastic to sit on one of the many padded ottoman style seats and just gaze at the paintings. Time just flies by and before you know it you've been there several hours.
This is Madam Pompadour shown in all glory. An unusual portrait to show herself as a highly educated and wealthy woman at this period of time. It is quite an interesting painting and one can spend several hours looking at it. One cannot visit this art museum in an hour or even a day. The thing is there are three of these museums within several blocks of each other. It is simply amazing, one can walk here in less that a quarter of an hour from the south exit of the München Hauptbahnhof and the history you pass along the way is absolutely incredible.
This little Madonna painting was one by none other than Leonardo de Vinci. You can get within a few inches of these paintings. Most of them are covered by protective glass now. I was in München in 1982 and this museum was closed because some one came inside and threw battery acid on many of the paintings. They were taking steps to insure that the act would not be repeated.