In the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin

An astonishing collection of masterpieces. Make sure to see the room with paintings by Rogier van der Weyden!

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Frans Hals, <em>Malle Babbe</em>
Frans Hals, Malle Babbe

In this complicated image, Hals investigates madness. The rapidity of his brushwork heightens the viewer’s unease.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder, <em>The Dutch Proverbs</em>
Pieter Bruegel the Elder, The Dutch Proverbs

Tiles of pie? Spilt porridge? You have to laugh. For all its morality, this painting makes light of human foible.

Johannes Vermeer, <em>The Glass of Wine</em>
Johannes Vermeer, The Glass of Wine

This gorgeous painting is rich in color—and with possibility. Can the woman stay sober? Will the man succeed?

Frans Hals, <em>Singing Boy with Flute</em>
Frans Hals, Singing Boy with Flute

A feather in his cap—this painting shows off the bravura technique and immediacy of action for which Hals is known.

Giotto, <em>The Entombment of Mary</em>
Giotto, The Entombment of Mary

Hooked thumbs, pressing elbows, open mouths—these details lend intimacy and reality to an otherwise formal scene.

Hans Holbein the Younger, <em>The Merchant Georg Gisze</em>
Hans Holbein the Younger, The Merchant Georg Gisze

This merchant is a man of business, yet as Holbein reminds us, the material world isn’t all there is.

Petrus Christus, <em>Portrait of a Young Woman</em>
Petrus Christus, Portrait of a Young Woman

Who’s that girl? We know so little about this portrait, but mystery only adds to its appeal.

Jan van Eyck, <em>The Madonna in the Church</em>
Jan van Eyck, The Madonna in the Church

Light floods this church from the north. Impossible? That depends on how you see it. To van Eyck, it was visionary.