"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."
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