The world’s largest presentation

of the most famous works of the Renaissance!

Despite the multimedia flood of images of our time, the centuries-old paintings of great painters still fascinate people, touch them emotionally and still make millions of them make pilgrimages to the galleries, churches and museums to the original locations in Florence, Venice, Milan, Rome and Paris to see the great works of the most important representatives of the Renaissance. The attraction of the great art titans of yesteryear remains unbroken to this day.

In the worldwide unique special exhibition “The Great Masters of the Renaissance”, the famous pictorial worlds of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Sandro Botticelli and Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino can be experienced in a breathtaking presentation in just one place. Using reproductions true to the original in impressive dimensions and arrangement, the visitor is taken through the Renaissance period in a way that is as authentic as it is atmospheric.

Nowhere else in the world do art lovers and those who want to become art lovers have the opportunity to view such a variety of the most important and historic paintings of mankind such as Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper” or “The Creation of Adam” and “The Last Judgement” by Michelangelo, as well as Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and Raphael’s “The School of Athens” and the “Sistine Madonna” in original size and up close.

All in all, the exhibition “The Great Masters of the Renaissance” presents a collection of around 60 works reproduced to a high standard, as well as a true-to-the-original and 5.17-metre-high replica of Michelangelo’s David sculpture, enabling visitors to gain a comprehensive overview of the masterpieces by the great painters and sculptors of this epoch in just one visit to the exhibition.

11 March - 7 August 2022

Open Easter & Whit Monday

Tuesday - Sunday

10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Last admission: 5 p.m.

Parochialkirche Berlin

Klosterstraße 67 (near Alexanderplatz)

Video of the exhibition

Art as a lasting emotional experience

The exhibition “The Great Masters of the Renaissance” takes the works of art out of the traditional museum setting and makes them accessible to a broad public. In this way, visitors can immerse themselves in the impressive art world of the great old masters without any fear of contact and embark on a visual journey of experience to the true icons of painting. The presentation makes art easy to understand and a real pleasure for everyone.

The fact that the portraits shown in the exhibition have been copied or parodied countless times – also in advertising – has contributed to their worldwide fame. As a result, they have become part of popular culture or common knowledge, such as Da Vinci’s “Vitruvian Man”, which is emblazoned on euro coins and health insurance cards, among other things.

12 art metropolises united under one roof

Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli and Raphael – millions of people flock to the great art metropolises such as Florence, Venice, Milan, Rome, London and Paris every year to marvel at the works of these artistic giants. The exhibition “The Great Masters of the Renaissance” brings together for the first time the most important works of art as high-quality reproductions from a total of 12 of the world’s leading centres of art in just one place. To experience all of the 60 or so works presented in the show in the original, one would have to travel to a dozen cities around the world. Some of the paintings are even completely inaccessible to the public.

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Paris
2
Rom
3
Abu Dhabi
4
Madrid
5
Venedig
6
Florenz
7
Mailand
8
London
9
Dresden
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Krakau
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Wien
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Washington, D.C.

The Big Four of the Renaissance

Leonardo Da Vinci

* 15. April 1452; † 2. Mai 1519

Bis heute gilt Leonardo da Vinci als der große Universalgelehrte. Kaum ein anderer Künstler steht so für den wissbegierigen, erforschenden Geist der Renaissance. Denn er war nicht nur Maler und Bildhauer, sondern auch Architekt, Anatom, Ingenieur und Naturphilosoph. Leonardo entwickelte das erste einfache Vorläufer-Modell eines Hubschraubers. Berühmt ist auch seine Darstellung des Menschen, die lediglich zu 1,7 % vom berühmten „Goldenen Schnitt“ abweicht.

Michelangelo Buonarroti

* 6. März 1475; † 18. Februar 1564

Michelangelo war Bildhauer, Maler, Architekt und Dichter. Seine große Leidenschaft galt in erster Linie der Bildhauerei. Michelangelo soll Zeit seines Lebens unter seinem Aussehen gelitten haben – während ihn gleichzeitig die Darstellung der Schönheit des perfekten menschlichen Körpers faszinierte und antrieb. Michelangelo kann als einer der kompromisslosesten und rebellischsten Künstler seiner Zeit angesehen werden. Michelangelos weltberühmte Fresken in der Sixtinischen Kapelle, für die er eine eigene Gerüsttechnik und spezielle Farbmischungen erfunden hat, zählen zu den bedeutendsten Kunstwerken der Welt.

Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino

* 6. April oder 28. März 1483; † 6. April 1520

Raffael war ein italienischer Maler und Architekt, erlangte aber vor allem als Maler für seine harmonischen und ausgewogenen Kompositionen und lieblichen Madonnenbilder Berühmtheit. Schon zu Lebzeiten genoss er das Privileg, nur unter seinem Vornamen bekannt zu sein. Bis weit in das 19. Jahrhundert hinein galt er als der größte Maler überhaupt.

Sandro Botticelli

* 1. März 1445; † 17. Mai 1510

Botticelli gilt als einer der bedeutendsten italienischen Maler und Zeichner der frühen Renaissance. Berühmt sind seine allegorischen Darstellungen „Der Frühling“ und vor allem die „Geburt der Venus“. Der Jugendstil machte in Linienführung und vor allem in Hinblick auf die Ornamenttechnik Anleihen bei Botticelli.

The most famous smile in the world

Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” is considered the most famous oil painting in the world. It is therefore not surprising that the Louvre in Paris welcomes around 10 million visitors every year. Hardly any other smile has been the subject of so much speculation as that of the “Mona Lisa”. The young woman, Lisa del Giocondo, whom Da Vinci immortalised at the beginning of the 16th century, probably wears the most famous smile in the world. Her facial expression is often described as enigmatic or intangible. While the original in Paris can only be viewed after a long wait from several metres away and behind thick bulletproof glass, it can be seen up close and personal with its 77 by 63 centimetres in “The Great Masters of the Renaissance”. The exhibition also features Da Vinci’s myth-enshrouded “Last Supper”, also in original size – around nine metres wide and four metres high!

Da Vinci and Raphael are the masters of world auction records

Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli and Raphael were the superstars of their time and thus vain competitors in the battle for prestige and favour with their potential patrons, the princes and popes. But even today they regularly outbid each other at art auctions. For a long time, Da Vinci’s portrait of the “Mona Lisa” was considered the most expensive painting in the world, but recently his Jesus painting “Salvator Mundi” sent the art market into a frenzy. It was bought by a Saudi prince for the record sum of 450 million dollars (about 397 million euros) at an auction at Christie’s auction house in New York at the end of 2017. Since then, it has been considered the most expensive painting in the world. Until now, the work of art, which is to be exhibited in the Louvre Abu Dhabi, has been inaccessible to the public. Whether the great master actually applied his brush to the painting is highly disputed among experts. Renaissance painter Raphael is the record holder for drawings auctioned at top prices: in 2009, his chalk drawing “Head of a Muse” fetched 32 million euros, topped by himself with his “Head of an Apostle”, which was auctioned in 2012 for the equivalent of 36.6 million euros. This is the highest sum ever paid at auction for a drawing on paper.

Cult around two bored angels

Undeniably one of the most famous paintings of the Italian Renaissance is the “Sistine Madonna” by Raphael. The original is in the painting gallery “Alte Meister” in Dresden and is thus the only one that can be seen in German-speaking countries. The painting in its entirety is less familiar to many people today than the two bored putti figures at the bottom of the picture, which appear millions of times as an independent motif as posters, postcards, on tin cans, cups or decorative pieces in everyday culture.

Famous frescoes in detail

Every year, four million people see the “Creation of Adam” in the Sistine Chapel in Rome with their own eyes. There is hardly anyone who does not know the most famous motif of the ceiling fresco. The Creator God is about to give Adam life and spirit with a touch. There are thousands of small details to discover in the fresco, and the viewer is captivated for hours. In the special exhibition, visitors enjoy the advantage of marvelling at the details up close and being able to relax and engage with the pictorial elements directly in front of the work of art.

The first life-size female nude

Botticelli’s first almost life-size female nude, “The Birth of Venus”, is considered a milestone in art history. It will also thrill visitors to the exhibition in its original size (278 x 175 cm). The monumental painting was created in the late 15th century and has been exhibited in the famous Uffizi Gallery in Florence since the early 1900s.

The work has been admired and analysed for centuries. Today, Venus is considered one of the major works of the Renaissance, along with the “Mona Lisa” and the Sistine Chapel. The painting’s influence extends enduringly to this day in both art-oriented fashion photography and masterful hairdressing, and is present with its continuing role in contemporary art and culture. Together with Botticelli’s work “Primavera”, which is of course also not to be missed in “The Great Masters of the Renaissance”, it represents the undisputed crowd puller in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

Statue of David in original size

The highlight of the exhibition, however, is without question the 5.17-metre-high replica of Michelangelo’s David in the dome replica of the Galleria dell’ Accademia. The David is the first monumental statue of the High Renaissance and is considered the most famous sculpture in art history. The original, carved from a single block of marble, has been in Florence since 1873 and is estimated to weigh almost six tonnes.

Experience and competence in cultural events

The art show was produced by COFO Entertainment GmbH & Co.KG, which with more than 50 years of competence and experience in live entertainment and more than 350 shows as well as numerous exhibitions per year is one of the leading organisers in the entire German-speaking region.

The artistic direction is in the hands of Prof. Manfred Waba, whose spectacular stage design – the “largest violin in the world” – caused an international sensation at the Mörbisch Lake Festival.

This exhibition does not exist anywhere else in the world. Manfred Waba has arranged the dreamlike works of art into an emotional art event.

Schaukunst

A real crowd puller is "The Great Masters of the Renaissance". No wonder, after all, it is rare to get so close to the famous masterpieces of the Renaissance.

Kronenzeitung

The exhibition takes the experience of art to a new level. Top works of art from Rome, Florence and Milan will be on display in one place, true to the original and magnificently staged.

Wienlive