Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
The Opernhaus, in 1742 still known as the “Hofoper” (Court Opera House), was re-named “Königliches Opernhaus” (Royal Opera House) in 1844 , only to become the “Staatsoper unter den Linden” after WW1.
Today it goes under the name of “Deutsches Staatsoper” (German National Opera House) or simply the “Lindenoper”.
Gaertner´s painting, with its almost theatre-like light and the airy atmosphere of a wide boulevard sided by massive architecture that overwhelms the rest of the image, bears strange similarity to the view one still encounters – late in the afternoon – on that spot today.
We, for once, see another visual parallel: with Frankfurter Allee- or the former Stalinallee as it was known when built in the early 1950s – in Berlin-Friedrichshain. You are, of course, free to disagree:-)