Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

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    RIJKSMUSEUM

    by LoriPori Written Jun 20, 2011

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    Amsterdam's National Museum or RIJKSMUSEUM has a large collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age and a substantial collection of Asian Art. Founded in 1800 in The Hague, but in 1808 the Museum moved to Amsterdam.
    The Museum contains paintings by Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals and Jan Steen.
    Open Monday - Thursday & Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Friday 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Tickets may be purchased on line

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    Museum-Rijksmuseum

    by guell Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Rijksmuseum houses the largest collection of art and history in the Netherlands of the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic, the Golden Age, including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and numerous other paintings by artists such as Frans Hals and Jan Steen. The collection also includes silver objects, delftware, doll houses, prints, drawings, the mysterious Asiatic art and a recent completely renovated presentation on Dutch history.

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    Museum-Rijksmuseum Exterior Detail

    by guell Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Here's an example of the fine tile work on the wall below the gabled portion of the museum's roof. Sorry, but it's not very clear in this picture. Trust me, it's fine work!

    Gabled roofs of many shapes and sizes are a common feature throughout Amsterdam and the entire region.
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    Museum-Rijksmuseum Collection-Vermeer

    by guell Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Johannes Vermeer was a master in interpreting light and shadow in his paintings. This painting, known as The Kitchen Maid, is an example of one of Vermeer's genre pieces, which depict people in their everyday surroundings: at home, in a café or at work.

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    Museum-Rijksmuseum Collection-Rembrandt

    by guell Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn is without a doubt the most famous of Holland's seventeenth-century painters, and The Night Watch is the most famous painting in the Rijksmuseum. The picture is a huge group portrait of a division of the civic guard. What’s distinct about this and other of his paintings is that the subjects are captured as they move into action and not simply sitting in a neat row.

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    Museum-Rijksmuseum Collection-Vermeer

    by guell Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Love Letter

    This is another example of Johannes Vemeer’s fine work. The painting known as The Love Letter portrays a well-to-do woman, clothed in yellow, being handed a letter by her maid as she prepares to play her lute.

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    Rijks

    by lina112 Written Mar 8, 2011

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    Built in 1876 according to the designs of architect P.J.H Cuypers, the Rijksmuseum is the largest and one of the most beautiful museums of the Netherlands. During extensive renovations until 2013, parts of the museum will be closed to the public. In the Philips wing an exhibition entitled “The Masterpieces” will display the very best of the museums collection. This presentation provides an excepcional opportunity to see all the highlights of the Goleen Age: the beautiful dolls houses, a wealth of silverware, delftware, spectacular civil company pieces, icons of dutch history and over 400 masterpieces by artist Duch as Jan Oteen, Frans Hals, Vermeer and Rembrandt.

    Construido en 1876 según los diseños del arquitecto PJH Cuypers, el Rijksmuseum es el más grande y uno de los más bellos museos de los Países Bajos. Durante extensas renovaciones hasta 2013, las partes del museo permanece cerrado al público. En el ala Philips una exposición titulada "Las Obras Maestras" se mostrará lo mejor de la colección de los museos. Esta presentación ofrece una oportunidad excepcional para ver todos los aspectos más destacados del Siglo de Oro: las casas de muñecas hermosas, una gran cantidad de plata, Delft, espectaculares piezas sociedad civil, los iconos de la historia holandesa y más de 400 obras maestras de artistas como Jan Oteen Duch, Frans Hals , Vermeer y Rembrandt.

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    Rijksmuseum III - Beautiful child portrait.

    by breughel Updated Jan 23, 2011

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    I discovered this portrait from Johannes Cornelsz. Verspronck "Portrait of a Girl dressed in Blue" (1641) at my first visit at the Rijksmuseum at the beginning of the nineties.
    I got very much impressed by her gentle somewhat melancholic smile.
    This girl about ten years old must be of a wealthy family according to her dress and jewels. It should be noted that in that time children were considered as mini adults and girls dressed like adult women.

    J. Verspronck, as always in his portraits, painted with a perfect depiction of the tissues and the details. Look at the very fine blond hair of the girl, the dark blue eyes and the red cheeks.
    I always found that this portrait expressed much tenderness and emotion.
    I don't know who she is. This wonderful portrait hangs in room 7.

    When I saw that the museum curator had chosen a large reproduction of my favoured portrait of a "Girl dressed in Blue" to hang on the façade of the Rijksmuseum building I felt very pleased.

    Adults: € 12,50.
    18 and under: free. With Museum card : free
    Tickets can be bought online.
    Open every day from 9:00 to 18:00 h.
    It is not permitted to take photographs or make video recordings or films.

    SPECIAL EXHIBITION: GABRIEL METSU.
    From 16 December 2010 to 21 March 2011 thirty five of the best paintings of this Dutch master from the Golden Age are on show at the Rijksmuseum.
    Along with Vermeer, Jan Steen, Gerard ter Borch and Pieter de Hooch, Metsu was one of the leading genre painters of the 17th century. If you like Vermeer don't miss Metsu especially his "Sick Child".

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    Dutch Masters!

    by Birsen Updated Jan 18, 2011

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    I always loved the Dutch Masters, especially Rembrandt. As an artist I enjoyed this museum a lot, it was not overwhelming like MET or Prado... 1,5 hour was enough to visit whole collection and the temp one. We have to wait about half an hour on the line. The security is like an airport. My friend had a swiss army knife. They didn't allowed her to get inside with it, she had to pick it up after the visit.
    Free with i amsterdam card (If you have to pay 12,50€)

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  • Museums with limited access due to remodeling

    by joyenglish Written Jul 27, 2010

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    Due to remodeling both The Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum are only partially open. They both have very nice shows, but check before you go. I heard the Rijksmuseum will close down for a few months while they restore the exhibits after remodeling is done. I don't know what's happening with the Van Gogh Museum. That original building which is a beautiful work of architecture in itself is totally stripped inside and is just sitting there with an ugly fence around it. It appears no work is being don on it at this time.

    The modern art museum is being remodeled also and has temporarily moved to a different location

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    Rijksmuseum

    by Vanity666 Written Jun 6, 2010

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    The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam or Rijksmuseum is a Dutch national museum in Amsterdam, located on the Museumplein. The museum is dedicated to arts, crafts, and history. It has a large collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age and a substantial collection of Asian art.

    The Rijksmuseum Research Library is part of the Rijksmuseum, and is the largest public art history research library in The Netherlands.

    The paintings collection includes works by artists Jacob van Ruysdael, Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer, Jan Steen and Rembrandt and Rembrandt's pupils.

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    Walk around the Rijksmuseum/gardens

    by dustmon Written May 28, 2010

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    There is an open area of gardens on the outside of the museum that is free to walk in and enjoy----there are some amazing gargoyle spouts in this area---shown is one alluring female
    gargoyle not usually seen....

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    Rijksmuseum special exhibits

    by dustmon Written May 3, 2010

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    Make sure and check out (in the future when the main museum reopens) the special exhibits that they might have---there was a special exhibit of vintage dollhouses when I went a few years ago, that was amazing in it's miniature glory!

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    The Best of Holland

    by mrclay2000 Written Apr 6, 2010

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    During my visit the museum was undergoing vast remodeling, so there was hideous scaffolding on the outside and several of the interior wings were closed off. When this is not the case, the building itself -- which has stood since before 1800 -- is a palatial treasure that is very hard to gather into one photograph frame. Surrounding the Rijksmuseum to the north along the canal are some of the posher buildings in Amsterdam, which all pale in comparison to the museum. Inside the building is probably the largest collection of Dutch treasures under one roof in the entire world. Paintings that are familiar to the eye but perhaps not in name are wonderfully displayed here, and most are well-lit by soft lighting in order to see the minutest details. Rembrandt's "Night Watch" is here, along with his "Syndics of the Cloth Guild" and several self-portraits, both of which are probably familiar to the viewer, along with Vermeer and other Dutch masters. At the time of my visit, admission was 12.5 euros.

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    Schiphol stopover: advice and warning

    by uglyscot Updated Aug 27, 2009

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    I had four hours to wait at the airport after seeing my husband off to Khartoum. After wandering around, getting some gifts for the grandchildren , buying a couple of books and having something to eat, I decided to see what emails had accumulated while I'd been away from home. I paid 9 euros for a I hr session. Unfortunately I seem to have been hacked/phished as a result of using the computer there.
    Then, following the advice from some Vters, I decided to take a look at the Airport's "Rijksmuseum". It was nice to renew my acquaintance with Vermeer and other painters on display there. By the time I'd wandered around looking at the displays, and looking at the souvenirs, it was time to head for the gate for my flight to Heathrow. I think it is a reasonable place to spend time unlike some other airports, where there is little to do but Duty free shopping or sit waiting..

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