When you’re in Netherlands, don’t skip in getting to know all the masterpieces inside Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Boy, until now, I can’t help but remember the goosebumps I had staring at the originals masterpieces of Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer and other Dutch masters.
How much time should I spend there? I was there two hours before is closed. That’s good enough time to explore the whole museum. But if you’re really an art enthusiast, then, you need a half day to scrutinize everything. 😀
I Amsterdam. Then, the next morning, really early, I went back for a solo photo op outside the museum. Due to the crowd of tourists a day before that and as a solo traveler, I never had the chance to pose in front of the city’s name statue: I Amsterdam.
Arts of Religious Themes. I’d say that every museum I’ve been to in Europe has arts of religious themes. It’s part of the region’s art, culture and history.
The Battle of Waterloo by Jan Willem Pieneman. This painting portrays the end of Napoleon’s rule.
The Singel Bridge at the Paleisstraat in Amsterdam by George Hendrik Brietner. Do you see the woman in the centre of the frame? Well, in the original painting, that woman was portrayed as a maid, which, of course, received unfavourable criticisms. The gallery who represented the artist told him that it is best to make the woman look classy.
Self Portrait by Vincent Van Gogh. In order to master a new painting style (impressionism), Vincent tried to do it with self portraits. Why? Because he couldn’t afford a model!
The Merry Family by Jan Havicksz. Look what these young children are doing?
The Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer. Except for the pouring milk, everything else is still.
Night Watch by Rembrandt. This is one of the museum’s most prized possessions. In this painting, Rembrandt used the role of light to effectively convey important details of the story. Can you see the hand in the middle of the painting? It looks like it comes out of the painting itself!
Banquet of the Amsterdam Civic Guard in Celebration of the Peace of Münster by Bartholomeus van der Helst. The Spanish and the Dutch decided to make way for peace.
There are many masterpieces to see inside Rijksmuseum and the ones above are just a few of my favourites.
Nearby Attraction. Few steps from the RijksMuseum, you’ll find Van Gogh Museum. Do not ever miss it.