The Glyptothek (German: [ɡlʏptoˈteːk] (listen)) is a museum in Munich, Germany, which was commissioned by the Bavarian King Ludwig I to house his collection of Greek and Roman sculptures (hence γλυπτο- glypto- "sculpture", from the Greek verb γλύφειν glyphein "to carve" and the noun θήκη "container").
Hundreds of Greek and Roman sculptures in a wonderful building taken out from the ancient times.A must to visit if you find yourself in Munich!
- Koenigsplatz 3, Munich, 80333, Bavaria
- Temporary Closure
- The "German Athens"
- An Interesting Visit
Please note, the Glyptothek is closed for refurbishment until Autumn 2020. Built between 1816 and 1830 to house King Ludwig I of Bavaria's personal collection of Ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, the Glyptothek is an attractive museum located in an elegant Neo-Classical buildingthat perfectly suits its contents.
Envisioning Munich as a "German Athens", then Crown Prince Ludwig ordered the construction of the Königsplatz, an elegant square of Classical-style buildings housing the Glypothek, or Sculpture Musuem, and the Staatliche Antikensammlungen (State Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities). The Köningsplatz is also home to the Propylaea, a Doric Order-style city gate constructed in the mid-19th century. The Glyptothek quickly becameone of the greatest collections of Greco-Roman sculptures of its time, however, during World War II it suffered destruction to its exterior architecture as well as to most of the frescoes that decorated the interior.
The museum is home to a wealth of sculptures dating from 650 BCE to 550 CE, amongst which a selection of highlights include the Munich Kouros, a grave statue of a young boy from Attica and temple figures from Aphaia in Aigina dating from Archaic Greece; the portrait of Homer and the Medusa Rondanini from Classical Greece; the Barberini Faun from the Hellenestic period and an extensive collection of Roman busts. The Glyptothek's collection perfectly complements the terracotta and bronze works showcased in the neighbouring Staatliche Antikensammlungen, also located in Köningsplatz.
Munich's Glyptothek is well worth a visit for those interested in Ancient Greek and Roman art and history, as well as for anyone who has plenty of time to spare in the city. It makes for a great combined visit with the other nearby museums in the Kunstareal, or "Art District", which comprises the AltePinakothek (14th to 18th century art), the Pinakothek der Moderne and Brandhorst Museum (both contemporary art) and the Schackgalerie, or Sammlung Schack (19th century German art).
Aug 06, 2020 · The Glyptothek, or statue museum, in Munich is the most beautiful collection of sculpture north of the Alps.
A Glyptothek is a museum for historical sculptures. There are only a few glyptotheques in the world, the Glyptothek in Munich is the only one in Germany. In the Munich Glyptothek, stone sculptures from ancient Greek and Roman times are on display. The museum is a mighty building based on the ancient world.
The Glyptothek on Königsplatz in Munich houses ancient sculptures from Greek and Roman times. The imposing building was designed by Leo von Klenze at the request of Bavarian King Ludwig I. and was...
The Glyptothek next to the Königsplatz (Royal Place) is one of the most beautiful built places in Munich. It contains a collection of ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, mosaics and reliefs. The building was completed in 1830 under King Ludwig I, designed by Leo von Klenze.
Only very few sculptures in the Glyptothek originate from the old property of the Wittelsbach Prince Electors and these were originally housed in the Hall of Antiquities (Antiquarium) in the Munich Residenz. The most important of these is the so-called Drunken Old Woman, the Roman copy of a famous Hellenistic original from around 200 BC.
Many of the most famous finds came from the Aphaia Temple (500BC), on the Greek island of Ägina Munich’s oldest museum Master builder Leo von Klenze built the Glyptothek 1816 to 1830 from designs by Karl von Fischer.