Arriving in Japan will be 107 paintings, sculptures, and drawings from the collections at the National Museums of Berlin (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin)—magnificent collections amassed at the museums as a national mission, after their founding in the 19th century when Berlin was the capital of the Kingdom of Prussia. The exhibition will enable viewers to compare artworks of the Italian and Northern Renaissances as they view European art of the 15th to 18th centuries.
Included is one work that must not be missed—Young Lady with a Pearl Necklace, one of the finest of the few surviving masterpieces by Jan Vermeer van Delft, the foremost artist of 17th century Dutch Golden Age painting. The painting will be making its first appearance in Japan.
Along with paintings by Rembrandt and sculptures by the master German sculptor Tilman Riemenschneider, the exhibition will also offer some 30 drawings from the Italian Renaissance—a period spanning 200 years, from 1420 to around 1600—including works by Sandro Botticelli and Michelangelo Buonarroti.