The museums in Berlin and Munich contain ancient and modern masterpieces, and on the streets one is absorbed in the history of modern Germany.
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Synagoga and Ecclesia, Strasbourg Cathedral
A close look at Synagoga and Ecclesia at Strasbourg Cathedral helps to illuminate the shifting meanings of Gothic sculpture.
Adolf Ziegler, The Four Elements: Fire, Water and Earth, Air
Displayed in Adolf Hitler's Munich apartment, Ziegler's Four Elements reflects the fascist ideology of Nazi Germany.
Fra Filippo Lippi, The Adoration
This altarpiece—made for the Medici palace chapel—depicts both a biblical scene, that of the Nativity (the moments immediately following the birth of Jesus Christ), as well as an inspiration to pious prayer.
The Pergamon Altar
Greek gods battle Giants for supremacy of the universe, so deeply carved that they almost step out into our world.
Hannah Höch, Cut with the Kitchen Knife Dada Through the Last Weimar Beer Belly Cultural Epoch of Germany
What initially might seem like random images is actually Hannah Höch’s comment on Weimar Germany’s culture and politics.
The Severan Tondo: damnatio memoriae in ancient Rome
A family drama —Caracalla assassinates his brother and damns his memory.
Simultanism: Robert Delaunay
The longer you look at the painting the more possible readings of the forms you are likely to discover. Delaunay’s painting is not only about vision, it is also about painting itself and the way colored shapes and relationships structure vision.
The Berlin Wall as a political symbol
This Cold War icon was much more than just a barrier between East and West.
Negotiating the past in Berlin: the Palast der Republik
This building was a symbol of a repressive regime, but the German government's vote to tear it down sparked years of protests.
Peter Behrens, Turbine Factory
A leader in modern technology hired a “self-taught architect” with no engineering skills to design their factory.
Exekias, Dionysos Kylix
This cup depicts the god of wine Dionysos escaping pirates by hiding and turning them into dolphins.
Portrait Head of Queen Tiye
Tiye was a powerful figure, but her royal life was complicated, as demonstrated through this changing statue.