Like other buildings in Kunstareal's "Museum Quarter", the Glyptothek was commissioned by Bavarian king Ludwig I to house his collection of Ancient Greek and Roman sculptures. The Neoclassicist building was initially built of pure marble, but after being damaged during the Second World War, the interior was reconstructed with walls of red brick and painted with a light plaster. The Glyptothek contains sculptures dating from the Archaic age (ca. 650 BC) to the Roman era (ca. 550 AD).
Among the most famous sculptures covering the Archaic period (700-490 BC) are two kouros statues and some temple figures from Aegina. The Classical period (490-323 BC) is represented by the famous Medusa Rondanini and other sculptures, while one of the most prominent pieces from the Hellenist period (323-146 BC) is the Barberini Faun. Another major attraction is the colossal statue of Apollo from a Roman villa in Tuscany.
State Collection of Antiquities (Staatliche Antikensammlung)
The State Collection of Antiquities houses the Bavarian state's collection of Greek, Etruscan and Roman art. Like the Glyptothek across the street, this museum building was commissioned by Ludwig I, the King of Bavaria. The museum has an outstanding collection of antique pottery, which is comparable to those of the Louvre in Paris and the British Museum in London.
The collection of Ancient Greek pottery has exhibit pieces that go as far back as the Mycenaean period (1600-1100 BC), as well as the artworks of some of the most well-known Ancient Greek potters and painters. One famous attraction is a Roman goblet from Cologne, which was crafted in the 4th century AD from network glass and inscribed in Latin with the dedication: Bibe multis annis, or Drink for many years yet! It was presented to King Ludwig I in thanks for his support of the completion of the Cologne Cathedral.
Glyptothek: Königsplatz, 80333 München
Telefon: +49 (0)89 / 28 61 00
Staatliche Antikensammlung: Königsplatz, 80333 München
Telefon: +49 (0)89 / 599 888 30
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