Long lines have formed at the Bode Museum with the recent opening of its smash hit “Faces of the Renaissance”, featuring over 150 paintings from 15th century Italy. The show’s curator, Stefan Weppelmann, likened the Medici family’s wish to have portraits painted with current Berlin politicians (and would-be politicians) running for election: the wish for power and influence to be widely known. Furthermore, Weppelmann stresses the importance of portraits, and those whose portraits were painted, in an age where digital photography and instant images are taken for granted. The show runs until November 20th, after which it will move to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Timed-entry tickets (EUR 14/discount EUR 7), also valid that day for permanent exhibits, are available on the day of your visit only. Da Vinci’s “Lady with Ermine”, Bottichelli and Bellini lead the star-studded cast of artists.