02. Ancient Mediterranean, 03. Early Europe & Colonial Americas, 04. Later Europe & Americas, Art & Humanities, Europe, Germany

2017 AP Art History Hunting in Germany

2017 AP Art History Hunting in Germany

I set out to try to see two images from the AP Art History curriculum: Akhenaten, Nefertiti, and three daughters & the Pergamon Altar. I didn’t get to see the Altar because of renovation work 🙁 but I unexpectedly stumbled on a LOT more pieces than I expected. 🙂 So I’d say I was on the winning side this time!


Akhenaten, Nefertiti, and three daughters

I was sad to say that this incredibly monumental piece is kind of shoved off in a little alcove ignored by all rush to see Nefertiti’s Bust in the next room. Although, Nefertiti is quite gorgeous I feel the imagery and historical context of this piece deserves a little more love and attention.

Read more: #22. Akhenaten, Nefertiti, and three daughters


Y no hai Remedio (And There’s Nothing to Be Done)

This piece was totally unexpected! By this point in the museum I was so overwhelmed I was no longer reading everything or going into every exhibit but, I kid you not, this alcove was drawing me in for no reason and I am so happy I decided to walk by!

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In Memoriam Karl Liebknecht

Similar to the Goya, I happened to stumble upon a copy of Käthe Kollwitz’s In Memoriam Karl Liebknecht in the German History Museum. In retrospect, I should have totally anticipated that. There is a Käthe Kollwitz museum in Berlin which probably has an original print but we didn’t go because it was not included on the Museum Pass and we had higher things on the “must do” list.


(preliminary drawing for) Henri IV Receives the Portrait of of Marie de’Medici, from the Marie de’Medici Cycle

This was a great surprise because I got to see preparatory paintings for many of the future work of the Medici Cycle. Although they are much, much smaller in scale and no way match the fabulous grandeur of the finished product, it was cool to see Ruben’s prep work.

Read more: Totally Obsessing Over…The Medici


Pergamonmuseum Pergamonaltar

Pergamon Altar

Although this section of the museum was utterly shut off from tourists for renovations, I highly suggest this museum! As a bonus, it gives me a very good reason to come back when the construction is done in 2025.

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Code of Hammurabi & Lamassu from the citadel of Sargon II

Although both recreations, it was still cool to stand by replicas of the Code of Hammurabi and an Ancient Near East lamassu. I can still use these photos in my PowerPoints next year to demonstrate scale and I certainly have a much better understanding of these pieces after seeing these versions in person.

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P.S. They also had little exhibits on Muybridge’s Horse in Motion and Daumier’s Nadar Raising Photography to the Height of Art in the photography and film section of the German Museum of Technology.


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