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In addition to stunning architecture, Dresden has a lot to offer for people who like visiting museums. There are galleries with painting, exhibitions with porcelain, mathematical instruments, jewels etc. I had just two days in Dresden and it so happened that one museum was closed completely, another was open only on the other days of the week, for another there were no tickets left. The most interesting museum for me to visit was the Old Masters Picture Gallery in the Zwinger Palace. I really wanted to see the old paintings of Dresden by Canaletto. One of the most celebrated works in the gallery, however, was the Sistine Madonna by Raphael (in this photo). Copying Rob’s (alvaraalto) favourite theme I tried to capture the painting with some people enjoying it. By the way, the man is not touching the painting, he was in a safe distance from it. It was quite interesting for me to find out that the painting was purchased and moved to Dresden by King of Poland, see more info from Wikipedia below.

The painting was commissioned in 1512 by Pope Julius II for the church of San Sisto, Piacenza. In 1754, Augustus III of Poland purchased the painting for 110,000 – 120,000 francs, whereupon it was relocated to Dresden and achieved new prominence; this was to remain the highest price paid for any painting for many decades.
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Few facts about King Augustus III of Poland from Wikipedia, which I found interesting:
His rule deepened the social anarchy in Poland and increased the country's dependence on its neighbours, notably Prussia, Austria and Russia. The Russian Empire prevented him from installing his family on the Polish throne, supporting instead the aristocrat Stanisław August Poniatowski, the lover of Catherine the Great. Throughout his reign, Augustus was known to be more interested in ease and pleasure than in the affairs of state…

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