This is Cologne's oldest museum, begun in the 19th century with a collection of Gothic works by local artists, still one of the main attractions. The Wallraf-Richartz shows art from A.D. 1300 to 1900. Several well-known works from churches are exhibited as well, including the triptych of the Madonna with the Vetch Flower (1410). The painting collection represents nearly every period and school, from the Dutch and Flemish masters to the French Impressionists. Stephan Lochner's Madonna in the Rose Garden (1450) is a fine example of the German Gothic style, as are his frightening Last Judgment and Dürer's Drummer and Piper. The museum also houses Germany's largest collection of works by Wilhelm Leibl as well as paintings by Max Ernst, Paul Klee, and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner.
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- Very Highly Recommended 2010