Cranach in Grunewald

Masterpieces by Lucas Cranach the Elder, the Younger, and Their Workshop

Grunewald Hunting Lodge’s collection of Cranach paintings comprises nearly thirty works by Lucas Cranach the Elder, Lucas Cranach the Younger, and their workshop, including outstanding masterpieces conveying a striking impression of the rulers and artistic activity at the Berlin royal court in the 16th century.

Joachim II (1505–1571) was a formative figure for the development of the Renaissance in Berlin. The royal patron of Grunewald Hunting Lodge is depicted in portraits by both Cranachs at different stages of life – as electoral prince (c.1520) and as elector (c. 1570). His extensive commissions to Lucas Cranach the Elder and his workshop include panels of the Passion of Christ for the Berlin Stiftskirche (Collegiate Church) as well as a series illustrating virtues appropriate to a sovereign (Exemplum, or “example” panels) created specifically for the Berlin Palace.

The surviving panels reflect the Hohenzollerns’ increasing demand for prestige and also depict a period of great transformation in religion and denomination. Although Joachim II’s father belonged to the rulers known as the “Old Believers,” he followed a moderate religious policy oriented toward the Reformation based on Martin Luther’s teachings. New interpretations in the guise of traditional pictorial subjects can also be discovered in works by the Cranach family.

The outstanding Cranach paintings are supplemented by the SPSG’s collection of Early Netherlandish and German paintings from the 15th and 16th centuries. Grunewald Hunting Lodge, built as the lakeside palace “Zum Gruenen Wald” (to the green forest) in 1542, provides a historically appropriate setting for the collection.

Permanent exhibition

Address

Grunewald Hunting Lodge
Hüttenweg 100 (am Grunewaldsee)
14193 Berlin

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How to get there

Public Transportation

Stop "Königin-Luise-Str./Clayallee (Berlin)" + ca. 1200m Fußweg

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Parking

Very limited parking (Hüttenweg / Parking Forsthaus Paulsborn).

Opening Hours

April to October
Valid: 01.04.2024 - 31.10.2024
Monday closed
Tuesday  - Sunday: 10:00 - 17:30
Works meeting (16.10.2024) closed

Can only be viewed with a guided tour

Guided tours

November to March
10:20 am / 11:40 am / 1:20 pm / 3 pm (on 1 January the guided tour at 10:20 am is cancelled)

April to October
10:30 am / 12:00 am / 2 pm / 3:30 pm / 5 pm

On public holidays, weekend opening hours apply unless otherwise stated.

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Admission Prices

Single Ticket

Price : 6.00 reduced : 5.00

Grunewald Family Ticket

Valid for up to 2 adults and up to 4 children (aged 18 or younger).

Price : 16.00

Free admission
for annual ticket holders

Further information (in German)

Price : 0.00

Accessibility

  • not wheelchair accessible

Contact

SPSG | Visitor Information
Visitor Centre Historic Windmill in Sanssouci Park
An der Orangerie 1
14469 Potsdam
Closed Mondays

Visitor Centre New Palace in Sanssouci Park
Am Neuen Palais 3
14469 Potsdam
Closed Tuedays
info@spsg.de
Phone: +49 (0) 331.96 94-200

Impressions

Die Sanierung des Jagdschlosses Grunewald wurde von der Europäischen Union kofinanziert (Europäischer Fonds für regionale Entwicklung)
Investition in Ihre Zukunft!