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Neue Pinakothek



In our original plan, we were going to visit one science museum and two art museums in one day. The plan would work if none of us have the slightest interest in art and science. It turns out that we had some interest in science, so we had to visit the art museums the next day. Actually we had visited an art museum on our first day, the Bavarian National Museum. It is actually more than an art museum; it’s more like a museum of the Bavarian culture and history. It is only when I planned for this trip, that I heard of the Bavaria nation, and that Munich was the capital (it is still the capital of the state within Germany.) If there is one thing the Bavarian National Museum stands out, it is its huge collection of miniatures that depict the Nativity scene (it certainly shows Bavaria’s deep Christianity roots.) We got to the museum one hour before it closes (happened often in our trip), so we had to rush to go through the rooms, but we still managed to take some pictures.

The two art museums that we visited on another day were the Alte Pinakothek and the Neue Pinakothek (the Old and the New Art Gallery.) Based on the time we spent there, I’d say we have more interests in the New Art Gallery (2.5 hours) than the Old Art Gallery (1.5 hour); the New Art Gallery truly has some pretty neat stuff. Actually that 1.5 hour in Alte Pinakothek was spent by me alone, as Vincent and Naomi took off to see some more of the city. I thought I shouldn’t skip the Alte Pinakothek, being one of the most famous and important art museums. And I know I want to see some famous artwork by Rembrandt and Rubens (little did I know that I would get plenty of opportunities to visit other museums in Europe.) It is also where I saw famous Spanish painter El Greco’s work for the first time (extraordinary and definitely unique.) I don’t blame Vincent and Naomi not being so interested, all these paintings are common in one thing after all; they are all biblically themed.

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