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photoblog image Greek treasures in Berlin's 'Altes Museum'

Greek treasures in Berlin's 'Altes Museum'

 

"The Alte Museum is the birthplace of all public museums in Berlin. As the first exhibition building on the Museumsinsel Berlin, it was constructed directly opposite the original palace and next to the cathedral. Built by Karl Friedrich Schinkel from 1823 to 1830, it is one of the most stunning early museum buildings in Europe, boasting a broad atrium and inviting staircase overlooking Lustgarten, as well as an elegant rotunda, modelled on the Pantheon in Rome. Originally conceived with the crucial backing of Wilhelm von Humboldt as a place that would make the royal Prussian collections accessible to everyone, the museum is used by the Antikensammlung (Collection of Classical Antiquities) to present its many treasures here, among them: painted vases, the sculpture known as the 'Praying Boy', and colourfully painted fragments of Etruscan architecture, which are presented in wonderful harmony with the Neoclassical building."

 

In  the centre of the Pantheon we see an experimental reconstruction of the warrior statues (bronze, 5th century BC) in colour, found in Riace/Italy in 1972.

On the right you see the "Praying Boy". "The Praying Boy is a statue sculpted in Rhodes of ancient Greece, around 300 BCE. The sculpture depicts a nude boy praying, with his arms lifted to the heavens. The practical purposes for such a statue are limited, but it is hypothesized that the statue could have once been used to hold jars or urns. The sculpture originated from the school of the great sculptor Lysippos, more than likely crafted by one of his pupils."

Greek treasures in Berlin's 'Altes Museum'

 

"The Alte Museum is the birthplace of all public museums in Berlin. As the first exhibition building on the Museumsinsel Berlin, it was constructed directly opposite the original palace and next to the cathedral. Built by Karl Friedrich Schinkel from 1823 to 1830, it is one of the most stunning early museum buildings in Europe, boasting a broad atrium and inviting staircase overlooking Lustgarten, as well as an elegant rotunda, modelled on the Pantheon in Rome. Originally conceived with the crucial backing of Wilhelm von Humboldt as a place that would make the royal Prussian collections accessible to everyone, the museum is used by the Antikensammlung (Collection of Classical Antiquities) to present its many treasures here, among them: painted vases, the sculpture known as the 'Praying Boy', and colourfully painted fragments of Etruscan architecture, which are presented in wonderful harmony with the Neoclassical building."

 

In  the centre of the Pantheon we see an experimental reconstruction of the warrior statues (bronze, 5th century BC) in colour, found in Riace/Italy in 1972.

On the right you see the "Praying Boy". "The Praying Boy is a statue sculpted in Rhodes of ancient Greece, around 300 BCE. The sculpture depicts a nude boy praying, with his arms lifted to the heavens. The practical purposes for such a statue are limited, but it is hypothesized that the statue could have once been used to hold jars or urns. The sculpture originated from the school of the great sculptor Lysippos, more than likely crafted by one of his pupils."

comments (10)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 Jul 2019, 00:17
I love your guided tours of galleries and museums I will never see, Philine.
Philine: I like to join such guided tours as long as I am able doing that. Many thanks, Ray!
Terrific artwork!
Philine: Many thanks, Elizabeth!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Jul 2019, 06:16
The warriors are both fearsome and beautiful. I expect the boy is praying he can meet a girl in the same state of nature as himself..
Philine: Haha, I am sure he will meet a girl. I was very impressed by him, too. Many thanks, Chris!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Jul 2019, 07:11
I'm sure if I was going to battle, I'd dress in a few clothes. I would feel rather vulnerable with that chap swinging his axe in close proximity to me. I'm sure that is some deep symbolism of sculptors wanting to depict the human body in its naked form but I'm afraid its lost on me.
Philine: This ideal nakedness symbolises youth, beauty, power, purity ... I have grown up with this art of the ancient Greeks. The 'Old Museum' in Berlin is an absolute highlight. Wonderful is also the look-up to the dome of the Pantheon. Many thanks, Alan!
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 11 Jul 2019, 07:27
The two chaps together look to be on the same side, but I would worry about the spikey thing one of them is swinging.
Philine: I had the feeling that they had some discussion how they could stop the battle, this should be an example for our politicians. We are expecting two very important decisions in the following week. Many thanks, Chad!
I sometimes wonder if classical sculptors weren't very good at sculpting clothes
Philine: Oh, the ancient Greeks were also very talented to sculpture clothes. Many thanks, Bill!
The strange thing is that if an artist done similar sculptures today they would probably be shunned and not be put on display for fear of upsetting those of fey delicate dispositions.
Philine: Oh no, I don't think that such sculptures would be stunned today. Some statues by C.J. Spillner are more provoking. The brown colours of the bodies are here a way of alienating them. I remember my surprise as the wonderful original statues in Riace/Calabria were digged out of the Mediterranean Sea. Many thanks, Brian!
wonderful bronze sculptures Philine... i really like your framing with the sculpture at the distant window....petersmile
Wonderful figures.
  • Salima I.E.M. Senders
  • Netherlands
  • 12 Jul 2019, 10:48
The sculpture on the big picture looks rather modern.

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