München, Wednesday, May 19, 1909

This has been a great day for us. We had engaged a guide, Mr. Knoblauch (how is that?). And he took us first of all to the Maximilianeum, founded by King Max II for the instruction of the royal pages and other students. A broad circular approach ascends to the façade, which rises in two series of arches on a lofty terrace. From here, we had a fine view of part of the town, the river, the beautiful Maximiliantrasse with the monument and the Gasteig Promenades, a lovely picture.

In the Max, we saw three large rooms, thirty large oil paintings, illustrative of momentous events in the world’s history from the “Fall of Man” to “Washington at Yorktown.” The “Construction of the Pyramids” by G. Richter is painted in such vivid and life-like colorings that you really feel as if you are looking on at an actual scene of life in Aegypt [sic].

Deger’s “Resurrection” is the one which we have copied for windows, and the picture of Henry IV at Canossa Popes and “Luther at Worms” brings to you the man who by God’s will shook the foundation of this power.

While Mama and I sat in the beautiful garden which surrounds the Bavarian Nationale Museum, the guide showed its contents to Emily, and we then took a cab to the Rathaus to hear a concert which, however, did not materialize, so we had to satisfy ourselves with a good dinner in the Keller, which was excellent.

We next visited the Schack Gallery, a collection of pictures bequeathed by Count Schack, the poet, to the German Emperor, who at present is erecting a beautiful building for it. It is now in the old residence of the Count and contains choice modern works by Genelli, Schwind, Feuerbach, Bocklin and Lenbach and some fine copies of the great Spanish and Italian masters by Lenbach and others.

The count helped young artists to continue their studies and, in this manner, was the instrument to bring out their talents for the betterment of the world.

We took a run over to the establishment of Mayer where I was shown the manufacture of church windows, which was quite interesting to me. They had some fine cartoons, designs and windows to show.

From here, we went to the Hofbrauhaus, or Court Brewery, where the state brews the beer for the court and others—mostly for others. Here we saw, in the cellar, many tables surrounded by good Bavarian citizens and their family and, in the yard, there was in the center, a large tank in which every one could rinse out his mug, and many large kegs stood around on which they could place their mugs, but no chairs to sit on, and here the “Thirsty ones,” stood by the hundreds and crooked their arms to admit the immense mugs to their lips and to empty them of the brown contents.

Up stairs in a large hall with seats for a thousand, we tried a “Liter” ourselves and pronounced it good. We now went to the German Museum with a collection illustrating the achievements in science and the technical arts, a most wonderful collection.

In the basement is a complete coal mine illustrating the various ways of mining with full sized figures in wax of miners and with supports, etc., taken from mines and brought here to illustrate the right and wrong ways of supports, also the lights used in former years, and the ones in use now, as well as all of the latest machinery used in connection with mining.

On the next floor is shown the formation of the earth, also specimens of rock by which the professors prove that München once upon a time was nothing but a glacier. And now we saw, in succession, so many wonderful things that I find it difficult to count them up.

The art of painting from the beginning to the present day illustrated by full size machinery which could be set in motion by pressing a button; the same of the manufacture of cotton goods, agricultural machinery, photography showing how a picture is sent by wire, telegraphy, all the different chemical experiments so that we stepped into a cabinet and could see our hand on pocket book shown by the Roentgen Rays.

Colors, and how they are made and produced, were shown by a sort of net of wires which could be followed to their origin. Agriculture and agricultural implements, from the early beginning to the present day ships, and how they were made, showing a large model of Wilhelm II and also a long cut-section of this grand steamer, air ships, art glass from its earliest day to the present. Filled up to overflowing, we went home.


Munich, the old City Hall.

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