This detailed picture is an original steel engraving. It was published in 1856 in the "Illustrierte Zeitung". It shows the Portal of the The Semper Gallery or Semper’s Building in Dresden, Germany. It was designed by the architect Gottfried Semper and constructed from 1847 until 1854. The building in Neoclassical style closes the Zwinger courtyard on its northern side. It faces the Zwinger to the south and to the north it borders the Theater Square with the Semper Opera House as well as Dresden Castle and the Catholic Church of the Royal Court. The Semper Gallery houses the Old Masters Picture Gallery. It is described as the "New Museum" on the print (in German language). The reverse side of the engraving is a page of the "Illustrierte Zeitung" of March 22nd 1856. It would look even more beautiful when framed in a simple frame.
When the Zwinger was completed in 1728, its northern side towards the Theater Square and the river was left open in order to allow for further enlargements. In 1838, the architect Gottfried Semper was asked to design an appropriate architectural setting for the painting collection of the royal court. It was not until 1846 that it was decided to close the northern side of the Zwinger courtyard by placing the gallery building there and so creating a gallery wing of the Zwinger. The building, later named the Semper Gallery, was constructed from 1847 until 1854. It is reminiscent of the Italian Palazzi of the Renaissance. In 1855, the interior was completed. Unlike the former buildings that housed the painting collection, the interior of the Semper Gallery could be heated and therefore could remain open throughout the year. In 1855 the collection was moved into the Semper Gallery, which opened as the New Royal Museum (Neues Königliches Museum).
Published : Leipzig, Germany 1856
Size : circa 10 3/4 x 15 1/4 inches
Condition: Very good condition with nice color and light tanning giving it a vintage look.
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