Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

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    A relaxing break in the day ....

    by kymbanm Written Feb 21, 2005

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    Museumplein - a wonderful park ...

    Museumplein is a park next to the Van Gogh Museum, and behind the Rijksmuseum .. both attractions in their own rights. But the park is a nice break in the artsy day - outdoors, locals playing and relaxing, gellato, coffee kiosks, and such.

    It was nice to take a snack break here and just watch the world go by ... especially since a museum day is filled w/ too many people heading in the same direction as yourself :) Sometimes, a bit of respite is needed before you attack the next spot on the tourist map!

    The sun was warm, children were playing in the reflecting pool, and others were playing frisbe on the grass .... just a nice place to take a break from being a typical, on-the-go, tourist .....

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    The first in-Airport Museum of the World.

    by csordila Updated Feb 25, 2009

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    Although international airports in San Francisco and Mexico City also feature art museums, but Amsterdam's top art museum, the Rijksmuseum is the first museum in the world having an annexe in an airport terminal and Schiphol is the first airport to have a museum in its terminal focusing on 17th-century masters of the Dutch Golden Age, selected from the collections of its full-size cousin.
    This scaled-down exhibition was officially opened in December 2002 by His Royal Highness, Prince Willem-Alexander. All paintings are behind glass and there are thus no guards.
    In addition, frequently changing exhibitions of applied arts, such as ceramics and silverwork, from other museums are also on show.
    Do not expect queues at the entrance, because the exhibition has cca. 500 - 600 visitors each day, an average visit lasts 15 to 20 minutes.

    Update: Exhibition March - June 2007 Peasant life in the Golden Age. Works by Ferdinand Bol, Jan Steen and Barent Avercamp among others.

    You will find also Museumshop here, where reproductions of 17th-century art from the Rijksmuseum may be bought together with Delft Blue vases, silk shawls, jewellery, posters, postcards, books etc.
    Internet terminals, near the shop, provide information on the Rijksmuseum's collections and the schedule of exhibitions.

    Opening hours: 7:00am - 8:00pm every day
    Admission free of charge, for departing, arriving and in-transit passengers.
    Direction: In the departure lounge after passport control (meaning you do not need to go through customs or come back through immigration to visit) on Holland Boulevard, the corridor connecting the E and F Pier.
    Passengers are allowed to carry their hand baggage into the museum.

    Website: http://www.rijksmuseum.nl/tentoonstellingen/schiphol?lang=en

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    Rijksmuseum - Rembrandt

    by nicolaitan Updated Feb 9, 2013

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    No surprise - even a limited tour of the Rijksmuseum collection is dominated by the works of Rembrandt van Rijn ( 1606-69 ), considered the greatest of Dutch painters and one of Europe's finest. A renowned portait artist, early successes brought fame, money, and a large studio of fellow artists and students. Sadly, he was also a bit eccentric and lived well beyond his income in a large house near the Jewish district - his later years were filled with the sadness of losing a wife and several children, financial issues, and ultimate bankruptcy. His most famous works include portraits of individuals and groups, biblical themes, and most remarkably a large number of self portraits which offer an autobiography in oil of his life from young and exuberant to older and worldwise. While much of his technique is considered exceptional, his use of darkness and light has always been of personal interest, no better displayed than "The Abduction of Persephone ", the lead image on my berlin review of the Gemaldegallerie.

    The Company of Frans Banning Cocq - Night Watch -arguably Rembrandt's most famous work, including on the introduction page for Amsterdam, a group portrait of a company of Civic Guards. What distinguishes this group portrait from so many others is the implied mobility of the subjects, rather than just sitting still and posed, a synonym for Amsterdam in the Golden Age. There are a few strange features, notably the girl with the chicken and a dwarf - shown in as much detail as the leading figures. Rembrandt was nothing if not a little strange - featuring minor figures like these would eventually lead to a significant loss of popularity and commissions.

    Image 1 - Made famous as the face of Dutch Master cigars, the Syndics of the Amsterdam Drapers' Guild was painted in 1662, late in Rembrandt's career, but one of his many masterful group portraits.

    Image 2 - The Young Rembrandt - a curly headed young hippie, already experimenting with dark and light in his paintings.

    Image 3 - Self Portrait as the Apostle Paul - 1661 - an older wiser man resigned to fate, the end of an autobiography.

    Image 4 - Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem - 1630 - hardly a painting intended for a big sale price, this sad work depicts Jeremiah who predicted the sack of Jerusalem following the destruction of the city by the Babylonians. The chaos is in the background, the attention is to the old man slumped in defeat and despair in the forefront. The face tells it all - take a few extra seconds to appreciate this work.

    Image 5 - Isaac and Rebecca, aka The Jewish Bride (1667) - Rembrandt lived in the Jewish Quarter but there is actually no proof that this loving couple is named Isaac and Rebecca or that they are even Jewish. A touching portrait of a loving couple set against a typical dark gloomy background.

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    Still life paintings about food.

    by breughel Updated Feb 19, 2014

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    Since hotels ask 20 - 25 € for their breakfast I found a better way to satisfy my - small - appetite when starting a new day. I found this in the museum by looking at these still life paintings called "ontbijtgen" (breakfast) showing bread, fruit, various cheeses more or less old on a table covered with a costly damask tablecloth. This painting is from Floris Claesz van Dijck (pic 1) a specialist of still life paintings.

    Other types of still life that flourished in Holland are the so called "Pronkstukken" luxurious still life showing tin, silver, sometimes gold plated beakers, cups, plates, a nautilus shell, Venetian glassware. The objects reflect each other and are posed on precious tissues. These still lifes often showed oysters, crab and a half peeled lemon
    Willem Claesz. Heda (pic 2) was a master of these "pronk" still lifes rendering different materials and fabrics and the reflections of light on them.
    The other one is from Pieter Claesz. showing a turkey pie (pic 3).

    At lunch time I use to stand in front of this Banquet still life by Adriaen van Utrecht. A lobster and some fruit is just what I need.

    N.B. the ...z. one find in Dutch names like Pieter Claesz. means "Claeszoon" son of Claes.

    (I tried to eat something in the museum cafeteria but there was queuing all over the day pic 4).

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    Rijksmuseum - Unexpected Pleasures

    by nicolaitan Written Feb 3, 2013

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    Offering only a small selection from the museum's huge collection has its plusses and minuses. Less famous and well known pieces are not on display so there are less surprises and unanticipated discoveries. Certainly the Asian fine art collection and the antique pieces receive short shrift. But - having all the most famous works distilled to the nth means that missing really important works are art is less likely to happen. Fortunately, the few rooms are set up so that each features one famous artist or painting - by following the arrows, one gets to see all the works for which one visits the Rijksmuseum. very time efficient.

    We were most impressed with the doll houses dating to the 17th C, providing insight into the furnishings and lifestyles of the rich and famous. Wealthy women created these replicas as a pastime, emphasizing exact scale to size and using only the finest of materials and furnishings, created by local craftsmen like silversmiths, artists, cabinet makers etc. The most famous belonged to a Petronella Oortman who imported the porcelain miniature pieces from China ( images 1,2 ). The doll house in image 3 belonged to Petronella Dunois, most famous for exceptional miniature silverware. Doll houses were an extremely expensive hobby - the superior examples were equivalent in cost to a full size house.

    Images 4 and 5 feature Asian art - fine imported Chinese pieces. These are included in a treasury room with some fine gold and silver pieces similar to treasuries throughout Europe.

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    the rijksmuseum

    by doug48 Updated Jul 23, 2006

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    the rijksmuseum is an amsterdam landmark. this impressive neo-gothic building was built in 1885. one of the world's great art museums it possesses an impressive collection of dutch art. following is a small sampling of the masterpieces of the museum, dirck jacobsz, "pompejus occo", cornelisz van oostsanen, "self portrait", anthonisz, "banquet of the civic guard", avercamp, "great winter landscape", frans hals, "the merry drinker", versprock, "girl in blue", vermeer's "the kitchen maid", jan steen's "lady at her toilet". the rijksmuseum has a huge collection of the works of rembrandt van rijn, some examples are "the jewish bride", "self portrait as st. paul", " the syndics of the cloth guild", and his famous "the night watch". the rijksmuseum is a must see site when visiting amsterdam.

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    Rijksmuseum - A perfect new website.

    by breughel Updated Apr 16, 2013

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    As the museum was closed last week and reopened on Saturday April 13th I found interesting to explore their new website in Dutch and English.

    It is possible to explore the various collections; there are not only paintings in the Rijksmuseum but many sculptures, furniture and interiors, applied arts, Asian arts, weapons and ship models, fashion and works on paper.
    I remember from my visits before the long renovation works I needed two days to see all collections.

    "Wonderbaar" with their website is that you can see the representation of the works of art in a large size so that if your screen is wide enough you might see the often small paintings of the Dutch school as they are really hanging on the walls of the museum.
    Furthermore the search is quite extended. I could find back a number of my favorites I will be glad to see at my next trip to Amsterdam.

    There are 8000 objects on display in 80 rooms. They cover a period of 800 years.

    Practical info: from the 14/04 on you can book online your ticket at a normal price of 15 € and reduced at 7,50 €.
    Open daily from 9.00 to 17.00 h.

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    Rijksmuseum - History, Exterior

    by nicolaitan Updated Feb 3, 2013

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    The State Museum of The Netherlands is housed in a huge lavishly decorated brick building backing on the Museumplein, with both Gothic and Renaissance features and highlighted by towers and turrets. Originally housed in The Hague, the museum was moved to Amsterdam by King Louis Bonaparte and combined with the Amsterdam city collection ( including the Night Watch ) to create a world class attraction. The museum moved around until the construction of the current building in the 1870's to the design of architect Pierre Cuypers. The exterior is covered with gold decorations, friezes, and the most remarkable drain spouts for the gutters ( image 2 ). The current collection numbers over 1 million pieces strongest in Dutch Masters of the Golden Age, Asian art, and historical Dutch antiques.

    Over the years there have been multiple minor renovations. The museum has now been closed for ten years for a major restoration and renovation re opening in 2013. The new design is by Spanish architects. During this period, the Phillips Wing has remained open with a show comprising 400 of the most spectacular artwork in the massive library. The exterior of this wing is pictured. The Phillips Wing is actually more convenient to the tram stop ( trams 2,5 at Hobbesmastraat ) than the traditional main entrance with the long waiting line at least passing through a garden with fountains.

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  • Rijksmuseum - Treasure House of the Netherlands

    by Mariajoy Updated Nov 20, 2005

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    Even though our hotel was directly opposite this place - there were so many other things we wanted to see and do that we never got here on our first trip. So the second time we went, in February, we made sure we gave it a once over. This is where the Rembrandts, Vermeers etc are.

    When we visited it was 9E entry

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    see Rembrandts Museum

    by angiebabe Updated Sep 27, 2007

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    One of Amsterdam's two leading museums, the Rijksmuseum was built in an inventive historic style by Petrus Cuypers(1827-1921) who was also the creator of Centraal Station, in the early 1880's.

    Cuypers was the leading architect of the day but specialized in building neo-Gothic churches, but requiring something more ambitious the result was neo-Renaissance style then popular in the Netherlands, with towers and turrets, galleries, dormer windows and medallions.

    The museum has an extravagant collection of paintings from every pre twentieth century period of Dutch art (including the superb sample from the so-called Golden Age of the seventeenth century) together with a vast hoard of applied art and sculpture.

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    Dutch Masters and More

    by goodfish Updated Jan 16, 2012

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    If you can see just one museum in Amsterdam, this is the one. The Rijksmuseum is the largest repository of art in the Netherlands and has a particularly expansive and valuable collection by Dutch painters including at least 20 paintings and additional sketches by Rembrandt van Rijn. Those alone are worth the ticket price but my favorites are the few Vermeers: four of only 35 that exist in the world.

    The million-item collection is housed in an impressive late-19th century structure built specifically for this purpose and which was, unfortunately, undergoing massive renovation. Only one wing was open to visitors, and only a selection of the most important works on display; the overhaul had been going on since 2003 and isn't expected to be completed until 2013. The line at the temporary entrance was long and the group behind us was complaining that their I Amsterdam Passes (we didn't have) evidently didn't provide for skipping but I'm not sure that was the case although I didn't see a queue for ticket/pass-holders. The most lovely of the four Vermeers was disappointingly out on loan but I really enjoy others of the Golden Age Dutch artists so while our visit was much shorter than I'd wished, the abbreviated collection was rich in the best of those.

    The museum is open every day during construction from 9:00 to 18:00, and is best visited during the week as gallery space is somewhat limited until renovation is complete. Entry fees as of this writing are €12,50 for ages 19 and over, free for ages 18 and under, and there are no student/senior discounts.

    You must check coats, large bags, backpacks, umbrellas, and large prams. Smaller baby strollers are OK but not backpack-type carriers for infants.

    Entry involves a security check: metal detector and inspection of bags/purses.

    Sadly, photography/filming is not allowed.

    See the website for the most current info on the renovation, entry fees and hours, accessibility, etc.

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    World Class Museum

    by Donna_in_India Updated May 15, 2009

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    Definitely a world class museum, the Rijksmuseum houses an amazing number of works. Unfortunately the museum was being renovated when we were there so much of the museum was not open to the public. The museum houses Dutch masterpieces (paintings) from the Golden Age and the star is Rembrandt. There were many paintings from his students as well, but Rembrandt’s paintings were special. They had a certain lighting or coloring to them. Although it’s not one of my favorites, Rembrandt’s (very large) Night Watch is the most famous painting in the museum.

    I really liked the still lifes by various artists. They were so perfect they actually looked like photographs. There was an adorable statue of cupid that I liked as well.

    The museum has special exhibitions; check the website for further info. Tickets available online. I recommend getting the audio guide. Within walking distance of Van Gogh museum.

    Open 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (8:30 p.m. on Fridays).

    Admission:

    Adults: € 11
    18 and under: free

    Visitor information was correct as of this writing.

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    Rijksmuseum: tickets online

    by Nemorino Updated Jun 9, 2013

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    With a bit of advance planning it is now possible to order and print tickets for the Rijksmuseum online, so as to avoid waiting in line for tickets at the entrance. (Click on the link below for details of this.)

    At this writing parts of the Rijksmuseum are closed for rebuilding, renovation and modernization. But this process is being spread out over several years, until 2009, and it's a big museum so there will always be more than enough to see whenever you go there, particularly paintings by the great masters of the 17th century.

    The museum is open every day from 9:00 to 18:00, Fridays till 22:00.

    Update: It took four years longer than planned, but on April 13, 2013, the renovated Rijksmuseum was finally re-opened. VT member breughel braved the crowds shortly after the re-opening, and he has given some good practical advice about the museum in one of his recent tips.

    Second photo: Entrance to the Rijksmuseum.

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    Excellent lesson in history!

    by H-TownJourneyman Written Nov 4, 2005

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    The Rijksmuseum is world renown for it's great works of art, especially it's many pieces of the Netherland's favorite son, Rembrandt. But all of it's paintings, sculptures, and artifacts allow you not only to admire the works themselves, and the artists that created them. They also allow you to take a trip into Dutch history, primarily it's colonial period, when their mastery of the sea allowed them to control a mighty empire that spanned the globe. From their old colonies in the East Indies, as well as the West Indies, to the very tip of southern Africa, you get a great sense of how widespread this small nation's iffluence was dispersed. Well worth the 9 Euros to enter. And bring a camera, they allow photos to be taken inside, without flash of couse.

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    The National Museum

    by jenniferchin Written Nov 8, 2004

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    The Rijksmuseum is internationally renowned for its exhibitions and publications and not only are these high quality products, but are also areas in which the museum extends the boundaries of scholarship and encourages new insights.

    The museum also devotes considerable resources to education and to the decor and layout of exhibitions. Leading designers are regularly commissioned to work on Rijksmuseum projects.

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