Tal Sterngast. Twelve Paintings

Excursions in the Gemäldegalerie of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin


Familiar Images Read Differently


ISBN: 9783775747677 Category:

Tal Sterngast


Berlin’s Gemäldegalerie is known for its outstanding collection of European paintings from the thirteenth to eighteenth century. Each chapter in this book is dedicated to one painting from the collection. In the breadth of this idiosyncratic selection, painting, as it discovers itself becomes a medium for the formulation of modern subjectivity. Each painting in focus unfolds its own making and its artistic concerns as they reflect contemporary issues, today. What are the paradoxes within which art is made by women? How does the primordial drive to destroy works of art affect today’s art discourse? Where did the modern struggle of painting against the picture begin? Why does the Wild Man from early German Renaissance still haunt us? And why doesn’t it matter whether Jan Vermeer used an optical device for his paintings? Twelve Paintings highlights the currentness of the Old Masters.

Additional information

Weight 270 g
Dimensions 14.6 x 21.1 cm
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 15 April 2021
Number of pages 112
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 14.6 x 21.1 cm
Weight 270 g


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TAL STERNGAST (*1972, Israel) has studied photography and film in Jerusalem, London and Berlin. She has published numerous essays and articles about contemporary art and film and has organized several exhibitions. This book is based on a series she has published in the weekend supplement of die tageszeitung from 2017 until 2019.