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The Gemäldegalerie presides over one of the world's finest collections of European art from the 13th to 18th century. After the collection was founded in 1830, it was systematically added to and perfected. The exhibition includes masterpieces by artists from every period up to the 18th century, including van Eyck, Bruegel, Dürer, Raphael, Tizian, Caravaggio, Rubens, Vermeer and Rembrandt.
The newly built museum building is situated at Kulturforum and covers an area of around 7,000 square metres of exhibition space. A complete tour through all 72 rooms covers a distance of almost two kilometres. Two of the major sections are formed by Italian painting from the 13th to 16th century and Netherlandish painting of the 15th and 16th century.
Old German painting of the Late Gothic and Renaissance eras is represented by such great masters as Konrad Witz, Albrecht Dürer, Baldung Grien, Cranach and Holbein.
The octagonal Rembrandt room occupies a key position at the heart of the museum. The sixteen works by this artist form one of the largest and most exquisite collections of Rembrandt paintings. They are flanked by additional gems of Dutch and Flemish painting from the 17th century. Portraits, genre paintings, interiors, landscapes and still-lifes illustrate certain artists' preferences for particular types of themes.
Italian, French, German and English painting of the 18th century is presented in six rooms. This splendid collection of paintings includes works by Canaletto, Watteau, Pesne and Gainsborough. The main gallery contains 1000 masterpieces. These paintings are complemented by 400 works in a study gallery on the lower floor.
Visitors also have access to a digital gallery with computerized information in German, English and French. Audio-tours are also available in German and English.