"Man cannot discover new oceans
unless he has the courage to lose
sight of the shore!"
Sunday, 5 June 2011
Berlin Bode Museum-Museum Island
Baroque Bode Museum, the fourth museum to be built as part of Berlin’s Museum Island on the Spree was completed in 1904. It was designed by court architect Ernst von Ihne under Kaiser Wilhelm II. and it was named after its first director Wilhelm von Bode (1845-1929) in 1956. Reopening to the public in October 2006.
The museum’s treasures include the sculpture collection with works of art from the middle ages to the 18th century. Of particular interest are the halls devoted to the Italian Renaissance with the glazed terracottas by Luca della Robbia and other masterworks from Donatello, Desiderio da Settignano and works from the German late Gothic school. There are over 150 paintings to be seen with a particularly strong presence of Roman and Byzantine works from the 3rd to the 15th century A.D. from regions from the Mediterranean basin ranging from Byzantine Constantinople, Greece and the Balkans to north African countries and Russia’s iconographic art.
So we made a quick visit to this wonderful building passing by these priceless works of art, like we're going to have another opportunity to come here again soon. Indeed we have no choice but to come back and devote our time to these pieces, they certainly deserve it. Again I repeat, such an amount of beauty is a lot to digest in such a short time without becoming completely overwhelmed. If nothing else I left a little peace of me there and it was an honor to stand in these rooms.