München, Tuesday, May 18, 1909


Munich, the new City Hall.

We arose in good time and went to the Old Pinakothek (Repository of Pictures). This building is about 500 feet long and 90’ wide, and it has, on the top story, 24 statues of celebrated painters. It contains about 1400 pictures, arranged in periods and schools, which can be studied by lovers of Art and students as you can get the maps from the custodian, just as you get a book at the library, only you cannot take them out of the room.

Of the celebrated pictures which I saw here, I will mention only a few, such as Holbein’s “Annunciation.” Durer’s “The Four Apostles,” two in each picture, the panel with S.S. Mark and Paul is the finer. Rembrandt’s “Abraham’s Sacrifice,” a studio copy, and many fine ones of Rubens.

We next went to the Palace (Alte Residenz), where we were shown the Festsaalban, containing the halls for festive occasions. The Ball Room, two Card Rooms, a Banquet Hall, rooms with pictures of Charlemagne and Barbarossa, also the Throne Room.

The Kingsban, the apartments on the ground floor, are adorned with the magnificent Frescoes illustrating the Nibelungen by the well known painter Schnoor, 19 large paintings in five rooms.

Among the visitors were two Bavarian peasant women in their home costumes, big crinolines, the shoulder padding supported by wire frames and rich ornamented waists and belts, short skirts and hair braided in many strands but flat.

We took our dinner at the Rathaus Keller and, say, that’s the place to get a good dinner, and including the “Must be ordered bottle of wine.” It cost us only 50¢ a person, “Tony Faust is not in it.”

I took a peep into St. Michaels (Hofkirche), erected in 1583, and adorned with a St. Michael in bronze. It contains the monument of Eugene Beauharnais, once Vice King of Italy. It is by Thorvaldsen and, of course, fine. I then went to the Christliche Verlagshaus and bought a few pictures, and home.

In the evening we went to hear the Tyroler singers, and they were fine, better than at the World’s Fair.

Editor’s note: Tony Faust‘s was an elegant restaurant in St. Louis, and the World’s Fair that Hermann refers to was the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, also called the St. Louis World’s Fair. 

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