Besucher betrachten die Ausstellung
© SKD, Foto: David Pinzer

Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery)

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-Étienne Liotard, the "Sleeping Venus" by Giorgione and Titian, Johannes Vermeer's "The Procuress", Bellotto's views of Dresden's historic city centre and many more.

  • Opening Hours 10—18 o'clock, Monday closed
    19/04/2019, 10—18 o'clock  (Karfreitag)
    21/04/2019, 10—18 o'clock  (Ostersonntag)
    22/04/2019, 10—18 o'clock  (Ostermontag)
  • Admission Fees normal 12 €, reduced 9 €, under 17 free, groups (10 persons and more) 11 €
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Sixtinischen Madonna von Raffael

One of the most well-known motifs of art history is found in the gallery: the Sistine Madonna by Raphael with its two angels at the bottom. Even 500 years after its creation, it continues to move those who view it and has become part of a visual memory that has long developed a life of its own as a decorative element on umbrellas and refrigerator magnets.

On three floors, 300 paintings from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries invite visitors to take a tour of European art and cultural history and witness the close interconnection of the different countries of Europe.

Madonna mit dem Jesuskind, am unteren Rand die zwei Engel
Raffael (Raffaello Santi), Die Sixtinische Madonna (1512/13)


Van Eyck, Dürer, Holbein, Rubens, Rembrandt, Poussin, Claude Lorrain, Murillo - the "who is who" of painting is alive here, from the early Renaissance to the Enlightenment. It is equally remarkable just how plentiful the holdings are of works by single artists: The Gemäldegalerie boasts the largest collection of Cranach paintings worldwide, which offers a thorough overview of the prolific production of Cranach's workshop.

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


The collection of pastels by Rosalba Carriera is also singular. August III had the famous Venetian woman painter make portraits of several members of his family and of the court, and had 157 pastels brought to Dresden - seventy-five of which can still be admired at the Gemäldegalerie today.

Thorough renovation work on the museum will continue until 2019, and so the gallery is currently not open in its entirety. But no one has to miss out on seeing the major works of the collection because all of the most central paintings are on show in the east wing, whose renovation is complete. One of the changes is already in place: A presentation of selected sculpture not only enriches the gallery now, but also gives a glimpse of the future presence of ancient sculptures in the East Hall of the Semperbau (Semper Building). There too, sculptures and paintings will be juxtaposed.

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

Restoration of Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window”

Vermeer’s “Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window” is one of the most renowned art works of the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister Dresden. It is currently being examined and restored in a major research project. From mid-2020, the painting will again be on view in the Gemäldegalerie in the Semperbau building.

We inform you about the progress of examinations and the restoration of the painting on our website.

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Painting on the easel behind a mobile XRF-scanner
© SKD, Foto: Wolfgang Kreische

Dresden Gallery Frames

One of the outstanding features of the Dresden Gemäldegalerie is the uniform style of the picture frames. With their ornate carving and sumptuous gilding, the frames contribute significantly to the magnificent appearance of the gallery.

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different magnificent golden frames without paintings
© SKD, Foto: Bettina Forger
Dresden Gallery Frames

Objekt-Slider Meisterwerke

Back in the exhibition

Altar of Saint Catherine by Lucas Cranach the Elder

Since 2014 visitors to the Gemäldegalerie have been unable to view the wing panels of the St Catherine altarpiece by Lucas Cranach the Elder as they were under restoration. Now all three panels have been reunited and can once more be admired.

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triptych, the center panel depicts the kneeling Saint Catherine, just before her beheading
© Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Foto: Hans-Peter Klut
Lucas Cranach the Elder, Altar of Saint Catherine, 1506 Oil on lindenwood, 127 x 269,5 cm, Gal.-No. 1906 BB, 1906 A, 1906 B

2er Teaser Google-Art-Project, Audioguide-App

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


Further Exhibitions
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