Seeing “Sistine Madonna”

Seeing “Sistine Madonna”

[ Sept.2015 ] There seemed many places to look at in Zwinger Palace in Dresden, but we went streight to the gallery Alte Meister.

Taking photos was strictly forbidden, but this is the photo of the staircase in the gallery which I took swiftly.

Here there is the “Sistine Madonna” by Raffaello.

The Augustus the 1st paid a large sum of money to get this from a church in Piacenza in Italy in 1753.

The amount was as large as that one town can be created from zero, according to the Japanese guide who happened to be there with many children.

This painting cost the highest price among his collection.

The big question is what did the church in Piacenza do with the money?  Anyway, we were familiar with this painting because we saw an exhibition about it in Piacenza a while ago, so we were happy to see the real one.

This gallery has the collection of paintings which were hunt and bought by Augustus the 1st and his son Augustus the 2nd by the middle of 18th century.

The famous “Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window” by Vermeer is here, too.

During the WW2, the paintings were all evacuated, then USSR forces took them as trophies, but after the war, apparently most of the paintings were returned.

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