Renaissance Faces – Masterpieces of Italian Portraiture at the Bode-Museum in Berlin

The Renaissance Faces, Gesichter der Renaissance, is the title of the exhibition that you can admire at the Bode Museum in Berlin from August 25th to November 20th, in collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Bode Museum is located on the Museums Island, Museumsinsel, which is to the north of River Spree.

Photo by Ana Paula Hirama

The exhibition will be an opportunity to admire works by Botticelli, Bellini, Antonello da Messina and Pisanello, with a focus on Renaissance art from Florence, Venice and Northern Italy. More than 150 paintings will be on display, as well as sculptures and drawings of the faces of the nobles, ladies, lower class men and women of the fifteenth century.

This will be an opportunity not only to admire the craftsmanship of some of the greatest painters and artists of the time, but also to get closer to that world, including its clothing and everyday objects, to learn about that historical period through the expressiveness and the dynamism of the characters’ faces.

The exhibited works come from several museums: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Berliner Gemälde Galerie, Berlin’s portrait gallery, and other international museums. The exhibition will move to the Met of Art on Fifth Avenue at Central Park in New York from 19 December 2011 to 18 March 2012.



For the design of the Kaiser Friedrich-Museum (renamed Bode Museum in 1956), the emperor Wilhelm II commissioned the head government building officer Ernst von Ihne, one of the best-known exponents of “Wilhelminian Baroque”. In order to achieve the appearance of a building rising from water the architect arranged the three-winged building around several interior courtyards so that the exterior facades immediately bordered the banks of the river Spree. A dominating dome and two opulent staircases lend the building a stately air which is underlined further by the decorative elements such as the monumental pilasters, demi-columns and window surrounds. The former general director of the museums Wilhelm von Bode himself made suggestions concerning the lighting of the rooms and their proportioning. The art works were shown within the context of original ceilings, fire places, door jambs, tapestries and furniture. Bodes presentation concept, aimed at a general effect of authenticity, was influential throughout the world.

The museum was opened in 1904. During the Second World War much of the building, especially the dome, suffered great damages. Beginning in the 1950s, step by step the museum was reconstructed and put back into use. In the 1990s, general restoration began with the first parts of reconstruction work; in August 2000 construction works for the basic restoration followed. The Numismatic Collection has been open to visitors at the Bode Museum since 22 October 2004, opened on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. On 19 October 2006, the Bode Museum was re-opened in its entirety, displaying the Sculpture Collection, the Numismatic Colletion and works from the Gemäldegalerie – Old Master Paintings.

Opening Hours

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
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Building activities and reconstruction of temporary exhibitions:
Galleries 209-220 are being emptied in preparation for the exhibition “Renaissance Faces. Masterpieces of Italian Portraiture” (25 August – 20 November, 2011). A few sculptures normally on view here are displayed in Galleries 107, 233 and 234; among them are works by Riemenschneider and Leinberger. Most works by Riemenschneider, however, have been lent to the Johanniterhalle in Schwäbisch Hall, where they will be exhibited from 28 June 2011 until 8 January 2012.

“Renaissance Faces. Masterpieces of Italian Portraiture”
Thu 25 August – Sun 20 November 2011:
Combination ticket 14,- EUR discounted admission 7,- EUR
Admission tickets

8,- EUR discounted admission 4,- EUR
Book tickets online

Combination ticket
16,- EUR discounted admission 8,- EUR
Museum Island with “The Tell Halaf Adventure”

Timeslot tickets for Neues Museum and Pergamonmuseum can also be purchased at Altes Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie and Bode Museum.

Informationen about discounted and free admission

Audio Guide is included in the admission fee.

Visitor Entrance

Am Kupfergraben 1
10178 Berlin

The Bode-Museum on Google Maps

030 – 266 42 42 42
(Mo-Fr 9:00-16:00 Uhr)
Reachability on weekends
030 – 20 90 55 77, 030 – 266 42 30 40, 030 – 830 14 38

Wheelchair access available

Information on wheelchair hire

Public Transport

U-Bahn U6 (Friedrichstraße)
S-Bahn S1, S2, S25 (Friedrichstraße); S5, S7, S75 (Hackescher Markt)
Tram M1, 12 (Am Kupfergraben); M4, M5, M6 (Hackescher Markt)
Bus TXL (Staatsoper); 100, 200 (Lustgarten); 147 (Friedrichstraße)



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