The second edition of this exhibition series, which is among the activities devised to celebrate the Museum’s 20th Anniversary, shifts the focus of attention to the Germanic world. Faces and Hands: Ancient and Modern Germanic Painting will present approximately ten works from the Permanent Collection and the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection by artists including Dürer, Lucas Cranach the Younger, Otto Dix and Max Beckmann. This new installation will aim to reveal the relationship between two periods - the German Renaissance and the age of Expressionism and New Objectivity -when the depiction of the human figure played a key role. Both in the Renaissance and in the years after World War I, German artists focused on man, his image and his exaltation through art. The portrait was the perfect vehicle for these ideals, contributing to the growth of the genre during the two periods in question.