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The Staedel's "Idealized Portrait of a Lady" by Sandro Botticelli, is seen at left, paired with "Fazio's Mistress" by Dante Gabriel Rossetti from the Tate, London, at the "Masterworks in Dialogue" exhibit at the Staedel in Frankfurt, Germany.

The Staedel's "Idealized Portrait of a Lady" by Sandro Botticelli, is seen at left, paired with "Fazio's Mistress" by Dante Gabriel Rossetti from the Tate, London, at the "Masterworks in Dialogue" exhibit at the Staedel in Frankfurt, Germany. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

The Staedel's "Idealized Portrait of a Lady" by Sandro Botticelli, is seen at left, paired with "Fazio's Mistress" by Dante Gabriel Rossetti from the Tate, London, at the "Masterworks in Dialogue" exhibit at the Staedel in Frankfurt, Germany.

The Staedel's "Idealized Portrait of a Lady" by Sandro Botticelli, is seen at left, paired with "Fazio's Mistress" by Dante Gabriel Rossetti from the Tate, London, at the "Masterworks in Dialogue" exhibit at the Staedel in Frankfurt, Germany. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Visitors to the "Masterworks in Dialogue" exhibit at the Staedel in Frankfurt, Germany, discuss and view the art on display. To celebrate its 200th anniversary, the museum brought masterpieces from other museums and collections to display with works of its own. At left is Artemisia Gentileschi's "Judith Slaying Holofernes" from the Museo e Gallerie Nazionali di Capodimonte, Naples, Italy, and at right the Staedel's "The Blinding of Samson" by Rembrandt van Rijn.

Visitors to the "Masterworks in Dialogue" exhibit at the Staedel in Frankfurt, Germany, discuss and view the art on display. To celebrate its 200th anniversary, the museum brought masterpieces from other museums and collections to display with works of its own. At left is Artemisia Gentileschi's "Judith Slaying Holofernes" from the Museo e Gallerie Nazionali di Capodimonte, Naples, Italy, and at right the Staedel's "The Blinding of Samson" by Rembrandt van Rijn. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

The Stadel's "Johann Wolfgang von Goethe" by Andy Warhol is reflected in the glass protecting other works depicting the German poet and author, including Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein's "Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in the Campagne" from the Goethe-Nationalmuseum in Weimar, Germany, left. They are on display  at the "Masterworks in Dialogue" exhibit at the Staedel in Frankfurt, Germany.

The Stadel's "Johann Wolfgang von Goethe" by Andy Warhol is reflected in the glass protecting other works depicting the German poet and author, including Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein's "Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in the Campagne" from the Goethe-Nationalmuseum in Weimar, Germany, left. They are on display at the "Masterworks in Dialogue" exhibit at the Staedel in Frankfurt, Germany. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

works by Pablo Picasso are included in the "Masterworks in Dialogue" exhibit at the Staedel in Frankfurt, Germany.  At left is "Minotaur Caressing a Sleeping Woman" from a private collection and the Staedel's "Blind Minotaur Led by a Young Girl in the Night," at right.

works by Pablo Picasso are included in the "Masterworks in Dialogue" exhibit at the Staedel in Frankfurt, Germany. At left is "Minotaur Caressing a Sleeping Woman" from a private collection and the Staedel's "Blind Minotaur Led by a Young Girl in the Night," at right. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Rob and Nick Carter's  2014 works "Transforming Diptych" after Justus Juncker's "Still Life with Pear and Insects" and "Still Life with Apple and Insects" from 1765, are framed iPads, and the insects seem to fly from iPad to iPad landing on the fruit. The Carters' and Juncker's works can be seen at the "Masterworks in Dialogue" exhibit at the Staedel in Frankfurt, Germany.

Rob and Nick Carter's 2014 works "Transforming Diptych" after Justus Juncker's "Still Life with Pear and Insects" and "Still Life with Apple and Insects" from 1765, are framed iPads, and the insects seem to fly from iPad to iPad landing on the fruit. The Carters' and Juncker's works can be seen at the "Masterworks in Dialogue" exhibit at the Staedel in Frankfurt, Germany. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

A visitor to the "Masterworks in Dialogue" exhibit at the Staedel in Frankfurt, Germany, studies works by Johannes Vermeer. To celebrate its 200th anniversary, the museum brought masterpieces from other museums to display with works of its own. At left is "A Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid" from the National Gallery of Dublin, Ireland, and the Staedel's "The Geographer," at right.

A visitor to the "Masterworks in Dialogue" exhibit at the Staedel in Frankfurt, Germany, studies works by Johannes Vermeer. To celebrate its 200th anniversary, the museum brought masterpieces from other museums to display with works of its own. At left is "A Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid" from the National Gallery of Dublin, Ireland, and the Staedel's "The Geographer," at right. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Two paintings of Frankfurt by Max Beckman are among the works exhibited in the "Masterworks in Dialogue" at the Staedel in Frankfurt, Germany. To celebrate its 200th anniversary, the museum brought masterpieces from other museums to display with works of its own. At left is "Der Eisner Steg" from the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Duesseldorf, and the Staedel's "Ice on the River," at right.

Two paintings of Frankfurt by Max Beckman are among the works exhibited in the "Masterworks in Dialogue" at the Staedel in Frankfurt, Germany. To celebrate its 200th anniversary, the museum brought masterpieces from other museums to display with works of its own. At left is "Der Eisner Steg" from the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Duesseldorf, and the Staedel's "Ice on the River," at right. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Visitors to the "Masterworks in Dialogue" exhibit at the Staedel in Frankfurt, Germany, view Otto Dix's "German Shepard." To celebrate its 200th anniversary, the museum brought masterpieces from other museums to display with works of its own. This work belongs to the museum.

Visitors to the "Masterworks in Dialogue" exhibit at the Staedel in Frankfurt, Germany, view Otto Dix's "German Shepard." To celebrate its 200th anniversary, the museum brought masterpieces from other museums to display with works of its own. This work belongs to the museum. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

A visitor to the "Masterworks in Dialogue" exhibit at the Staedel in Frankfurt, Germany, views paintings by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Max Pechstein and Erich Heckel. To celebrate its 200th anniversary, the museum brought masterpieces from other museums to display with works of its own. Kirchner's "Forest Scene," left, belongs to the Staedel, while the work with the same name by Pechstein is from a private collection and Heckel's "Group Outdoors" is from the Merzbacher Kunststiftung.

A visitor to the "Masterworks in Dialogue" exhibit at the Staedel in Frankfurt, Germany, views paintings by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Max Pechstein and Erich Heckel. To celebrate its 200th anniversary, the museum brought masterpieces from other museums to display with works of its own. Kirchner's "Forest Scene," left, belongs to the Staedel, while the work with the same name by Pechstein is from a private collection and Heckel's "Group Outdoors" is from the Merzbacher Kunststiftung. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

The Staedel's curator for special projects, Eva Mongi-Vollmer, explains a work by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner printed from carved blocks of wood at the "Masterworks in Dialogue" exhibit at the Staedel in Frankfurt, Germany. To celebrate its 200th anniversary, the museum brought masterpieces from other museums to display with works of its own. The show runs until Jan. 24, 2016.

The Staedel's curator for special projects, Eva Mongi-Vollmer, explains a work by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner printed from carved blocks of wood at the "Masterworks in Dialogue" exhibit at the Staedel in Frankfurt, Germany. To celebrate its 200th anniversary, the museum brought masterpieces from other museums to display with works of its own. The show runs until Jan. 24, 2016. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

The Staedel, Frankfurt, Germany’s esteemed art museum, wraps up its 200th anniversary celebrations with an exhibit of masterworks borrowed from some of the world’s most prestigious art museums.

The show, “Masterworks in Dialogue. Eminent Guests for the Anniversary,” displays art from the Staedel’s own impressive collection with works borrowed from other museums and private collectors.

Among the museums contributing works are the Tate and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, and the State Museums of Berlin.

Some of the artists — visiting and at home at the Staedel — include Jan van Eyck, Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Max Pechstein.

It is an impressive show, in part because the works are integrated into the museum’s permanent collection rather than in a separate exhibition space, meaning you can view the show and the collection together.

The works are sometimes grouped by artists like Vermeer’s “A Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid” from the National Gallery of Dublin, Ireland, and the Staedel’s “The Geographer.” In some instances works by different artists that complement each other are grouped, as with the Staedel’s “Idealized Portrait of a Lady” by Sandro Botticelli, and “Fazio’s Mistress” by Dante Gabriel Rossetti from the Tate. The pair is also featured on the exhibit’s poster and catalog.

Frankfurt’s local hero, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, has a small pavilion dedicated to him with works from various artists and sources, including Andy Warhol’s famous silkscreen of the German poet.

If you are interested in art, the Staedel is always worth the outing, now even more so with its special “visitors” on display. The exhibit runs until Jan. 24, 2016.

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