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May 25, 2006
Unfortunately for those that are planning their trip to Amsterdam in the very-near-future, the Rijksmuseum is undergoing a major restoration project. The work is expected to be completed by the end of 2008. During this time of construction, the main buildings of the Museum are closed to the public. Luckily however, many of the museum's finest works have been moved to a temporary viewing area in the newly renovated Philips Wing.
The Rijksmuseum's collections are publicly owned by the city of Amsterdam. The many year's of art history that this city has been a part of have lead to an extensive portfolio of great artists. Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Jan Steen, and Vermeer all have paintings featured in this location. The concentration of the permanent exhibition is from the 17th century, but the Rijks has works spanning from the 15th to 19th century as well. Large collections of Delftware and Silver are housed in the museum as well.
The most famous of all the works at the Rijksmuseum is the "Night Watch" by Rembrandt. It is a beautifully detailed battle scene that was at the time a commissioned group portrait. I personally am not a big Rembrandt fan, but this painting is very impressive in size and intricacy.
Perhaps my favorite painting in the Rijksmuseum is "The Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum at Night" by Van Gogh. I love the beautiful contrast of the bright yellow cafe on the dark blue background and the use of post-impressionism techniques.
The Rijksmuseum has many famous works by Vermeer such as "The Love Letter," but it does not have "The Girl with a Pearl Earring," which is often asked about by tourists.
The Rijksmuseum is lovely as-is and will be absolutely splendid when they finish the construction project. I can't wait to visit again after 2008.
From journal Mixing Business and Pleasure in Amsterdam
San Francisco, California
February 5, 2006
From journal Day Trips to Amsterdam
From journal Amsterdam: It's Great
February 2, 2006
From journal 'Dam partying
by Ed Hahn
Hong Kong, China
August 10, 2005
Obviously, it is largest art museum in the Netherlands and reputed to be one of the 10 principal museums in the world, putting it in the company of the Louvre, the Prado, and the New York Metropolitan.
In addition to paintings, it has other collections: sculpture and decorative arts, drawings, prints and photographs, Asiatic art, and Dutch history. The current building has housed the museum since 1885. It is now undergoing a huge renovation, which it is trying to modernize while maintaining the Victorian structure of the present buildings.
Since it's Monday when we arrive, there are no lines. They must have heard we bought tickets in advance and shortened the lines accordingly. The museum itself is considerably more interesting than I thought it would be. Since it is under renovation, I had curbed my expectations. The museum allows photos without a flash, so I got pictures of many Rembrandts, unfortunately not including the world-famous "Night Watch." The angles were just too daunting and the area too crowded, so I gave up. You can find the ones I did take at http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/ed_hk/.
We spent almost twice as long as we had planned. I imagine that it will be an even more exciting place when the renovation is finished.
From journal Amsterdam - City of Art, History, and Contrasts
October 17, 2004
From journal Amsterdam Travels
September 26, 2004
Of course, the most famous painting of the Rijksmuseum is The Nightwatch. This showpiece of Dutch art is a vast canvas by Rembrandt, commissioned as a group portrait of a militia company. During WWII, the large painting was hidden in caves. Its current name owes to the darkened varnish, but the painting actually depicts the group in broad daylight.
If you go, here are some paintings to look for, in addition to The Nightwatch. Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring. There is a book by the same name, by Tracy Chevalier, that is very much worth reading. Also, by Vermeer, The Kitchen Maid. To me, it's an in-the-moment scene. It is also mentioned in the book "Girl with a Pearl Earring." Look, also, for a painting called The Threatened Swan, which my husband nicknamed, AFLAC! Then there's the Piss Watcher by Jan Steen of a physician who "reads" urine to see if a woman is pregnant. Who said a museum can't be fun?!
From journal Amazing Amsterdam and its Surroundings
September 23, 2004
From journal Amsterdam Trips
August 29, 2004
From journal Netherlands