Naturlandschaft mit Tieren
© SKD, Foto: Elke Estel/Hans-Peter Klut
Starting 20 July 2020 the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister und Skulpturensammlung bis 1800 is open again from 10 to 17 (except Mondays) and Fridays additionally from 17 to 20 (Blue Hour).

Paradise on Earth

Flemish landscape painting from Bruegel to Rubens

Flemish landscape paintings of the 16th and 17th centuries are among the exceptional treasures held by Dresden’s Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister. Despite their large number and high quality, however, they are not well known. This exhibition, which also includes drawings and prints from the Dresden Kupferstich-Kabinett, at last gives these masterpieces the attention they deserve. Following intensive investigation and restoration, many works in the exhibition can now be rediscovered completely anew.

  • DATES 01/10/2016—15/01/2017

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Paradise on Earth. Flemish landscape painting from Bruegel to Rubens

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Landscape painting became established as a new, independent genre in the southern Netherlands during the first third of the 16th century. A desire to understand the world, along with a growing, partly economically motivated, interest in geography and cartography as fundamental to travel and trade, were necessary preconditions for this development. Painters such as Joachim Patinir and Pieter Bruegel the Elder created new types of landscape compositions, for example that known as the Weltlandschaft (‘world landscape’), which were highly influential.

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Glimpse into the restorer’s studio - Vor der Sintfult

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Schulterblick beim Restaurator - Das Paradies auf Erden

Glimpse into the restorer’s studio - Landschaft mit dem Urteil des Midas

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Schulterblick beim Restaurator - Das Paradies auf Erden / 2

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The increasing demand for landscape paintings led to the development of numerous subgenres such as depictions of the seasons, cities, woodlands, mountains, heaven, hell or maritime scenes. Highly specialised workshops produced paintings for a flourishing art market. Finally, in the 17th century Peter Paul Rubens’ dramatic, atmospheric scenes carried Flemish landscape painting to new heights.
The artists did not paint ‘portraits of landscapes’; instead, they produced carefully composed, ideal representations in the studio. For their invented Paradises they borrowed from the repertoire of forms available in nature. In these works, the viewer always encounters an extremely multifaceted image of a landscape, which is to a large extent an artistic invention.

The exhibition is complemented by top-quality works on loan from major European museums. It is accompanied by a lavishly illustrated catalogue.

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Die Publikation zur Sonderausstellung

Das Paradies auf Erden

Flämische Landschaften von Bruegel bis Rubens in der Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (39,80 €, ISBN: 978-3-95498-252-3)

Vor der Sintflut
Broschüre für Jugendliche

Auf Spurensuche in flämischen Landschaftsbildern

In Kooperation mit der Sächsischen Landesstiftung Natur und Umwelt (LaNU) entstand ein museumspädagogischer Ausstellungsführer (8 €)

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Main sponsor: Finanzgruppe
Sponsored by: Kulturstiftung der Länder; Ernst von Siemens Stiftung
Mobility partner: Deutsche Bahn
Media Partner: Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten

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