Commissioned by the Bavarian King Ludwig I, the Glyptothek, focusing on ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, is Munich’s oldest public museum. Students the History of European Art class took a trip to this museum to look at three pieces in particular: the “Barberini Faun,” the “Boy with the Goose,” and “Statues of the Pediment of the Temple of Aphaia.”
The building itself was modeled on Roman bath buildings. Large windows provide continuous daylight and there is a courtyard in the middle, though not accessible in the winter. In addition, for those sculptures taken from buildings, a wooden model could be found in the room.
The current exhibition, titled “Time Codes – The Power of Beauty,” uses digital painting to explore the ancient works. Werner Kroener, the artist, uses colour to emphasize the characteristics of these sculptures. It is up to the visitor to interpret these creations and be inspired themselves.
Though small, the Glyptothek is a great source for artistic inspiration, especially as art students can get free admission. It is also a short walk from the other major art museums in Munich (such as the Alte Pinakothek and Pinakothek der Moderne).