Thu: 10 AM to 8 PM
Containing arguably the world’s greatest collection of 13th-18th-century European art, the Gemäldegalerie forms part of the Kulturforum, the cultural center that was brainchild of West Berlin civic planners in the 1950s. Consisting of the Berlin Philharmonic and top-notch museums of music, arts and crafts, and etchings, Kulturforum was largely built in the years before Berlin was united, by luminary architects such as Mies van der Rohe, but the present incarnation of the Gemäldegalerie was not completed until 1998 and is the work of German firm Hilmer and Sattler. The pristine, low-lying gallery houses a treasure trove of Titians, Rembrandts, Watteaus, Cranachs, Murillos, Dürers, and Caravaggios jostling for pride of place in 72 rooms. The exceptional collection of Dutch old masters includes the action-packed Dutch Proverbs by Pieter Brueghel, the winsome Glass of Wine by Jan Vermeer and Mad Babette by Frans Hals. Corregio’s incomparable Leda with the Swan and an early version of Botticelli’s Venus Rising compete with Raphael’s luminous Madonna, but the stars of the show here are the 16 or so Rembrandts displayed in the octagonal room at the heart of the gallery – the world’s largest collection of Rembrandts includes the peerless Portrait of Hendrickje Stoffels.