Some of the greatest examples of Old Testament scenes dating from the late Middle Ages and the Baroque period have been gathered for this exhibition from the holdings of the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen (Bavarian State Painting Collections).
Albrecht Altdorfer, Hans Burgkmair, Lucas Cranach, and Peter Paul Rubens, as well as Rembrandt, Claude Lorrain, Luca Giordano and numerous other artists, all explored themes from the Old Testament. Their works depict the creation and fall of man, an angry and merciful God, the captivity and deliverance of Israel from the Egypt of the Pharaohs, the destruction of entire civilizations, heroes and heroines who bravely confront their enemies, and they celebrate the wisdom and foresight of the prophets. The stories of Noah and Abraham, Isaac and Ishmael as the progenitors of Jews and Arabs, and of Moses, David, Solomon, Judith, Esther and Susanna come to life in the exhibition.
A route through the gallery leads to some 40 depictions from the Old Testament and to scenes in which these artists have focussed on Judaism and its customs.
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