A summit of European painting

in Zwinger

Besucher sind vor den Gemälden an den Wänden zu sehen
© SKD, Foto: David Pinzer
Please note: From 17.06.–25.07.2019 the Semperbau with Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister and Skulpturensammlung until 1800 remains closed due to construction works.


Whether it's an altarpiece or a portrait, in the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister every work is a masterpiece. Strolling through the high-ceilinged halls of the Gemäldegalerie, one encounters a host of familiar paintings that have been reproduced time and again: The "Chocolate Girl" by Jean-Etienne Liotard, the "Sleeping Venus" by Giorgione and Titian, Johannes Vermeer's "Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window", Bellotto's views of Dresden's historic city centre and many more.

A “new” Vermeer in Dresden

For more than 250 years now, the famous painting by Johannes Vermeer featuring a profile depiction of a girl intently reading a letter in front of a light-coloured empty wall has held a firm place among the masterpieces in the Dresden Gemäldegalerie. Previous x-ray examinations indicated that a picture of a naked Cupid in the painting had been overpainted. Today, new laboratory tests have conclusively determined that the overpainting was not by Vermeer’s hand.

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© SKD, Foto: Wolfgang Kreische

Interim Exhibition

The first great step has been taken: The renovation of the east wing of the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden has been completed. The newly commissioned wing of the Semperbau is once again accessible to visitors. During the general redevelopment of the west wing, which is now also to take place, the world-famous collection will now be on show at a special presentation in the re-opened part of the museum.

To the exhibition

Besucher sind vor den Gemälden an den Wänden zu sehen
© SKD, Foto: David Pinzer

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Systematically collected

Most of the principal works on display were collected within only five decades.

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Besucher betrachten die Ausstellung
© SKD, Foto: David Pinzer
Ausstellungsansicht Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister

Zitat Goethe

I entered this shrine, and my amazement exceeded any preconceived idea!

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Google Art Project

Discover Rafael's Sistine Madonna in full detail

Madonna mit dem Jesuskind, am unteren Rand die zwei Engel


Explore our Old Masters Picture Gallery with our audioguide app including a special tour for children (German, English, Russian), available for iOS and Android.

Frau liegt nackt auf Tüchern in einer Hügellandschaft, im Hintergrund einige Bäume und Häuser

From our Online Collection

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