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Dresden State Art Collections

Berlin, January 2015
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The digitalization of the contents of the Dresden State Art Collections (in German, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden), currently in progress, allows since early August 2011 a virtual stroll, in 3D, through the halls of the Old Masters Picture Gallery (Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister), some of the Green vault (Grünes Gewölbe) and the Porcelain Collection (Porzellansammlung), amongst others. Let yourself impress, even before arriving in the wonderful Saxon capital city.

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The Dresden State Art Collections

Spread through a number of museums, the Dresden State Art Collections are the second of the so-called 23 “Cultural lighthouses” in Eastern Germany. Born in the 16<sup>th</sup> century with the “Art Chamber” (Kunstkammer), the Collections were promoted under the reign of Augustus the Strong (1670-1733) and son Augustus III (1696-1763). The Collections are currently in these museums to be seen:

the Green Vault (Grüne Gewölbe)
the Collection of Prints, Drawings and Photographs (Kupferstich-Kabinett)
the Coin Cabinet (Münzkabinett)
the Armoury (Rüstkammer)
the Ethnographical Museum (Museum für Völkerkunde)
the Porcelain Collection (Porzellansammlung)
the Mathematisch-Physikalischen Salon
the Old Masters Painting Gallery (Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister)
the Sculpture Collection (Skulpturensammlung)
the New Masters Gallery (Galerie Neue Meister)
the Saxon Folk Art Museum and Puppet Theatre Collection (Puppentheatersammlung) and
the Museum of Decorative Arts (Kunstgewerbemuseum)

Here you can see the piece of news (in German) about the setting up of this marvellous virtual exhibition!

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Frauenkirche, Dresden’s phoenix

Berlin, 3 June 2013
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It is Dresden’s crown’s jewel: the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), an absolute not to miss just like the whole city is worth a visit. You can read about its history here: http://www.frauenkirche-dresden.de/zeittafel+M5d637b1e38d.html, and we also advise you take a glance at this video: even if you cannot understand German, you will get the chance to see the original building, which was destroyed on February 15, 1945, only a few months before Germany being defeated on World War II:

Also, we suggest you take a few minutes to virtually travel to Dresden, through our itineri.de‘s photo gallery: http://www.flickr.com/photos/itineri/sets/

… and we recommend you read this article, to learn a couple more things about this amazing city: http://itineri.de/CA/2012/08/colecciones-estatales-de-arte-de-dresden/

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13th of February, 9.45 p.m.

Berlin, February 13, 2012
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Early morning of the 14th February 1945. When the WWII faces the end of the conflict, the Allies sew Dresden with bombs, resulting 25,000 people dead and most of the city destroyed.

Much has been written about the reasons for that action, in that city, at that moment. Some hold that the Allies wanted to “punish” Germany for the sufferings cauused to Europe and the rest of the world, and others maintain the intention was to show the Allies were more capable of destroying than the nazis, wiht the intention of undermine the decreasing moral courage among the nazi forces. The truth is, though, that neither was the result of the war clear, nor was Dresden chosen at random. The red army was moving forward to Berlin, the soviets needed to make sure Hitler would get stuck in the south front, and so it happened: after the bombings, 70% of the industry was destroyed (a part of it was devoted to the war). Also most historical and cultural buildings were destroyed, like the Frauenkirche, the Zwinger and the Semperoper.

Every 13 of February, thousands of Dresden inhabitants take the streets to recall the event, as well as to prevent the neonazis to capitalize on the facts. A great majority of the population reminds them that the nazi Germany started the war.

Dresden, today

The capital city of Saxony deserves a visit, no doubt about this. Its Altstadt (old city) offers wonderful buildings and must-be-seen corners: the Frauenkirche (photo above, after being bombed in 1945), is only one of the many buildings that have to be visited at least once. There are others, like the Zwinger and the Semperoper; also the Brühlsche Terrasse, strolling along the Elbe river… Actually, the river that winds through Dresden grants the city its “second name”: Florence of the Elbe, and separates the old and the new districts. The Neustadt (new city), with restaurants, shops and beautiful spaces such as the Kunsthofpassage, inner patios with curious façades, also deserve a stroll.

Dresden Tourism Office: http://www.dresden.de/dtg/en/index.php

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