Discover Benelux, Issue 37, January 2017

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Discover Benelux  |  Amsterdam  |  The Ultimate Winter Destination

Rembrandt van Rijn, The Night Watch, 1642.

Photo: John Lewis Marshal


A journey through time The Rijksmuseum is the national museum of the Netherlands. Here, you will find the finest masterpieces and most exciting stories. A total of 8,000 treasures spread over 80 galleries tell the story of 800 years of Dutch art and history, from the Middle Ages to the present day. Crowd favourites from the Golden Age include works by Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals, Jan Steen and the world-famous The Night Watch by Rembrandt van Rijn. After the Rijksmuseum’s ten-year renovation, both the building and the presentation of works were totally transformed. Expect surprising furnishings, beautiful exhibitions and numerous facilities for young and old. The story of the Netherlands is placed in an international context at the Rijksmuseum and is told in chronological order through many objects such as paintings, drawings, photographs, silver, delftware, furniture and costumes. More than 30 galleries are dedicated to the glory of the Golden Age, when the young mercantile republic led the world in trade, science, shipping and arts. The Gallery of Honour forms the heart of the museum, displaying world-famous masterpieces, and leads visitors to the lav-

ishly decorated space that the architect Cuypers designed for The Night Watch in the late 19th century. There, you can admire this magnificent masterpiece.

the original garden features, as well as fragments and ornaments from historical buildings and classical statues.

The home of Rembrandt and Vermeer One of the most celebrated 17th century artists is Rembrandt van Rijn. The Rijksmuseum boasts the largest collection of his paintings on public display, including The Jewish Bride and the magnificent Portraits of Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit. From the artist’s early works, such as a small, fine-lined selfportrait, to his large group portraits from the period when he was most in demand, you can admire a whole range of his paintings and etchings. Another Dutch master, Johannes Vermeer, took a simple everyday activity and made it the subject of this world-famous masterpiece: The Milkmaid. The woman stands like a statue in a brightly lit room. Apart from a stream of milk, everything else is still.

The outdoor gallery

Based on a 1901 plan by Pierre Cuypers, the Rijksmuseum Gardens were designed by Dutch garden and landscape architects Copijn. They are home to some of

Johannes Vermeer, The Milkmaid, c. 1660.

The Rijksmuseum is open daily from 9am to 5pm. The Rijksmuseum Gardens, Rijks Shop and Café are open to visitors without a ticket from 9am to 6pm. Rijksmuseum, Museumstraat 1, Amsterdam Adult tickets: €17.50. Under 18s: Free

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