The museum originated as the house-museum of baron and collector Bernhard August von Lindenau. The building was completed in 1876.
Its main attraction is the collection of Italian paintings from the late Gothic and early Renaissance age (13th–15th centuries), among the largest outside Italy, which includes, among others, Filippo Lippi's St. Jerome in Penance, Sandro Botticelli's Portrait of Caterina Sforza and a predella panel by Fra Angelico. It also includes ancient antiquities and modern works, and a library.
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