OLD MASTERS GALLERY DRESDNER ZWINGER | Dresden

It’s interesting what some sun can do to brighten up a city. The dark stone structures that make up a huge part of Dresden’s old center aren’t as forbidding given a little bit of spotlight, and it’s sheer luck that we were able to see them up close with the change in weather. It’s hard to choose a picture to represent Dresden given how surprisingly attractive it is but the photos below hopefully sum up its grandeur and stateliness in those figurative thousand words.

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Particularly impressive apart from their amazing Christmas market was the collection of old masters in the Dresdner Zwinger complex that turned in a substantial showing with its roomful of Canalettos, and a fairly large Vermeer of Girl Reading a Letter by an Open Window, among others. Owing to not having done any diligent research and fully focused on seeing the Christmas market, I completely missed Raphael’s Sistine Madonna – though as I later learned I did unwittingly take a picture of her from afar.

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I doubt I’ll be back in surprising Dresden anytime soon but when I do it’d likely be around the holiday season – a little less surprised, a lot more prepared, and with even more anticipation.

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