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The Bode Museum is part of the museum located on the Museum Island in Berlin. The museum was designed by architect Ernst von Ihne and completed in 1904.
Originally called the Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum after Emperor Frederick III, the museum was renamed in honour of its first curator, Wilhelm von Bode, in 1956.
Closed for repairs since 1997, the museum reopened in 2006. By its shape and beautiful architecture, the Bode Museum astonished already from the outside. The collections are divided in two : the Sculpture Collection and Museum of Byzantine Art and the Coins and Medals collection. In addition, there are also paintings from the Gemäldegalerie, which are presented alongside the European sculpture to form a dialogue between the two art forms.
The sculpture collection shows art of the Christian Orient (with an emphasis on Coptic Egypt), sculptures from Byzantium and Ravenna, sculptures of the Middle Ages, the Italian Gothic, and the early Renaissance.
• The Sculpture Collection
The collection of ancient sculpture is one of the largest in the world. It features an array of spell-binding masterpieces such as Donatello’s, Antonio Canova and several examples of important German sculpture by Tilman Riemenschneider and Ignaz Günther as well as sculpture from the south German Renaissance, Prussian baroque art up to the 18th century.
The origins of the collection has its roots in the Brandenburg-Prussian royal ‘cabinet of art’ through the acquisition of great numbers of sculptures mainly of Italian and German origin.
• The department of Byzantine Art
The department of Byzantine art boasts first-class holdings of late-antique and Byzantine works of art ranging from the 3rd to 15th century. The collection are composed of pre-Christian and Christian sarcophagi from Rome, figurative and ornamental sculpture from the Eastern Roman Empire, ivory carvings and mosaic icons, as well as everyday and religious objects from post-pharaonic Egypt.
• The Coins and Medals Cabinet
The cabinet is one of the world's largest numismatic collections with over half a million objects. Its range spans from the beginning of minting in the 7th century BC in Asia Minor up to the present day. With approximately 500,000 items the collection is a unique archive for historical research, while its medal collection makes it an important art exhibition at the same time.
Antonio Canova was an Italian sculptor who became famous for his marble sculptures that delicately rendered nude flesh. The epitome of ... read more
Donatello, was an early Renaissance Italian sculptor from Florence. He is, in part, known for his work in bas-relief that incorporated ... read more