4-22-19 The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

There are over 50 different museums in Amsterdam. Top amongst them is the Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. However, there are a lot of others including Rembrandt House, NEMO Science Museum, the National Maritime Museum, MOCO Museum, the Cheese Museum, the Houseboat Museum and a bunch of others. As it was impossible to get tickets for Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum was sold out we were pleased to get tickets to the Rijksmuseum.

Entrance plaza to the Rijksmuseum Museum

The Rijksmuseum is a large national museum is dedicated to the arts and history of Amsterdam. Sunday, after our friends Gloria and Jerry arrived, we gathered everyone and walked to the Museum for a visit. Located in Museum Square and close to the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum and the Concertgebouw it is an impressive building filled with lovely art.

Originally founded in The Hague in 1800 it was moved to Amsterdam in 1808 and was originally located in the Royal Palace. The current building was first opened in 1885 and reopened in 2013 after a ten-year renovation.

The library within the Museum was quite spectacular all by itself
A Windmill on a Polder Waterway 1889 by Paul Joseph Constantin Gabriël . This really reflected the windmills we visited previously in our trip.
Bacchus and Ariadne, Gerard de Lairesse, c. 1680
Janeen enjoying our day at the Museum

It is the most visited museum in the Netherlands with over 2.2 million visitors annually.

This tin-glazed earthenware violin cannot be played, for it is a decorative object. When the collector John Loudon purchased it for a record 1500 guilders in 1876, this violin was considered to be the absolute masterpiece of Delft earthenware. The modeling and painted decoration certainly make it an exceptional object.

Displaying over 8,000 objects of art and history from the total collection of 1 million objects from the years 1200 to 2000. Among the collection are pieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer and Vincent Van Gogh.

The Meagre Company (1633–37) by Frans Hals and Pieter Codde
The Threatened Swan (c. 1650) by Jan Asselijn
Vincent Self-portrait 1887 . Vincent moved to Paris in 1886, after hearing from his brother Theo about the new colorful style of French Painting. Wasting no time, he tried it out in several self-portraits. He did this mostly to avoid having to pay for a model. Using rhythmic brushstrokes in striking colors, he portrayed himself here as a fashionably dressed Parisian.

WE spent the better part of the afternoon walking around the Museum trying to follow the Highlights Tour.

Rembrandt (ca 1630) Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem
The Night Watch (1642) by Rembrandt . This is actually a daytime march – not a night scene.
Dueling pistols made in the workshop of Jean Le Page in Paris in 1815. The case came into the possession of Lt Henry Sagermans of Brussels shortly after the Battle of Waterloo. Sagermans claimed the pistols were found in Napoleon’s travel carriage that had been abandoned near the battlefield.
Captured Ordnance 1750 to 1850

This tour was supposed to bring us to all the most significant pieces in the collection and thus to get us through the place without having to camp overnight.

Here we are – proof we were there.

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