I went to Cooks early in the morning and to the Post Office, but found no mail from you, so I wrote to Berlin to have our mail sent here, and I guess we will get it when we return from Arnsdorf next week.
We took dinner at the hotel and afterwards went to the celebrated Picture Gallery which occupies the first and second floor of the Museum. This gallery which ranks with the Louvre, Pitti and Uffizi galleries as one of the finest collections in the world, is essentially the creation of August III (1733 to 1763) who added to the previously existing royal gallery by the purchase of the Modena gallery (1745). The Sistine Madonna from Piacenza (1753) and numerous Dutch and Flemish cabinet pieces were also added about this period.
We passed through a corridor and the Cupola room, as well as four adjacent rooms, to the corner room which contains the Sistine Madonna by Raphael. It is 6 feet wide by 8 feet high. I need not describe it to you as you have seen it, and the colored postal which is in our album is a good copy of the coloring. It was painted about 1515 and was bought in 1753 for $55,000.00.
Among the many master pieces, I can mention only a few: Titian’s Holy Night; Palma Vecchio’s Jacob & Rachael and Madonna & Child with John and St. Catherine; Titian’s The Tribute Money, painted about 1514; Guido Reni’s Ecce Homo (the three different kinds); and an old copy of Holbein the Younger’s Virgin & Child.
Passing along to the Upper Floor, we saw among the modern master pieces many of Defregger’s fine pictures of Tyrolese life, Munkaczy’s Crufixion, von Uhde’s Holy Night, H. Markart’s Summer and Hoffmann’s Christ in the Temple.
On the Ground Floor we saw that pretty pastel by Liotard, The Chocolate Girl, (now used by Baker as his trade mark) and The Beautiful Lyonnaise. We had to “Tear ourselves away” from this grand collection with an “Au revoir.”
We all went to “Meeting” in the evening and, after that, to a café for a light refreshment and to bed.