Glyptothek (glüpˌtōtākˈ) [key], museum in Munich on the Königsplatz, founded by Louis I of Bavaria to house his collection of ancient and modern sculptures. Among these is the famous Barberini faun (c.200 B.C.). The neoclassical building, designed by Leo von Klenze, was constructed between 1816 and 1830. Its severe, imposing Ionic portico projects from a wall containing six large sculptures in niches. The interior is structured with domical vaulting.
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