Introduction -- 2. The great elector as art-collector -- The picture gallery of Frederick II -- The first plan for a public museum -- The gallery in the museum at the Lustgarten -- The Giustinani collection -- The Solly collection -- The Waagen era -- The Bode era -- The Kaiser-Friedrich Museum -- The German Museum -- The Second World War and the Friedrichshain disaster -- The picture gallery in the Dahlem Museum -- The plates -- Index.
"The royal art collection in Berlin had its beginnings in the seventeenth century under the Great Elector, Frederick William I of Brandenburg. From that time on, it grew steadily until, together with the works exhibited publicly from 1830 in the museum at the Lustgarten, and from 1904 at the Kaiser Friedrich Museum, it achieved a place among the foremost collections in the world. ... The cream of the collection (which since the Second World War has been divided between East and West Berlin) is now displayed in the museum in the western suburb of Dahlem. Rüdige Klessmann, who was assistant and Curator of Paintings at the Dahlem Museum from 1957 to 1970, provides in this book a complete account of the Gallery's history and development. A representation selection of ninety outstanding works is illustrated in color, and each is accompanied by detailed notes. These, together with well over a hundred black-and-white illustrations, give a vivid impression of the full extent and quality of the five hundred paintings that hang today in the West Berlin's Dahlem Museum." - back cover.