Alte Pinakothek, Munich

Portrait of the Marquise de Pompadour by Francois Boucher (above)

The next stop on our grand art adventure was the Alte Pinakothek in Munich, Germany. The Alte Pinakothek features an excellent collection of 13th to 18th century European paintings. Famous paintings that I was thrilled to see in person included Leonardo da Vinci's Madonna of the Carnation, Albrecht Durer's Self-Portrait, a self-portrait of Reubens with his wife called the The Honeysuckle Bower, The Deposition by Rembrandt, and Francois Boucher's beautiful Portrait of the Marquise de Pompadour (pictured at the top of this post).

Aside from such celebrated old masters' paintings, the Alte Pinakothek also had an incredible collection of German paintings from the 14th to 17th centuries including large, impressive Christian altar pieces that were quite breathtaking.

Kaisheim Altar: Presentation of Christ in the Temple by Hans Holbein (above)