9 October 2009 - 10 January 2010. Carl Gustav Carus (1789-1869) was a multi-talented individual, at once a physician and painter, a philosopher and scientist, who socialised and collaborated with other luminaries of German Romanticism: Alexander von Humboldt, Goethe and Caspar David Friedrich.
This exhibition at the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery) acknowledges the unique role he played in bridging the rarely-crossed gap between art and science; indeed Carus himself believed art to be the 'pinnacle of science'. Alongside works by contemporaries Friedrich and Johan Christian Dahl, 200 paintings by Carus himself are on show. His writings, medical instruments and accumulated natural history specimens can also be viewed.