Photo story: Amsterdam and the Rijksmuseum

24 August 2015

Dear Friend,

On Saturday we took a trip to Amsterdam with some friends. We planned to spend the morning at a museum and the afternoon exploring the Jordaan. We decided that the easiest way to explore would be via the Canal cruise boat. We could hop on and hop off and also see some of the sights of Amsterdam. 

Hubby and I love Amsterdam and have been often (we live close by) and I have been wanting to visit the Rijksmuseum since it reopened its doors. The Rijksmuseum - Museum of the Netherlands had a rebuild and renovation that lasted ten years. The building is just as impressive as it's exhibits that include paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Gogh. As a national institute, the Rijksmuseum offers an overview of Dutch art and history from the Middle Ages onwards, and of major aspects of European and Asian art. 

Here are some of my favourite pictures:

We arrived at Central Station and stopped off at Cafe Loetje for coffee and cake. A perfect start to the day.
The view from Cafe Loetje is amazing!

We took a Canal cruise which gave us the opportunity to see the sights of Amsterdam: central station is a beautiful building as is the St Nicholas Church, and the Victoria hotel. Amsterdam ties the old and the new perfectly. The new O Cinema is a stunning architectural building.

The 17th century canal ring including the Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht, Herengracht and Jordan, were placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2010.

The impressive building of the Rijksmuseum.
The exhibition of earthenware was simply stunning.
In bloom: dresses from the 1930's with popular flower motives are beautifully exhibited. 
Collector's cabinet: this houses many small pots and bottles containing medicinal ingredients.
Welcome to the 18th century: my favourite piece was the Beaker of ice glass: it was made using a technique developed in Venice but much used in Antwerp.
Portrait of Charlotte Beatrix Strict van Lindschoten, Mattheus Veryheyden (1700-1777).
Portriat of Prince William IV of Oranje Nassau (1711-1751)
The mantelpiece was made by Jan Baptist Xavery (1697-1742) for the principal room in the house at 48 Rapenburg in Leiden, where Diderik Baron van Leyden lived.
Tea service and stand Melssen (1725-1730)
Dish Japan (1690-1700)
Document case, Dutch East India Company (1720)
Haarlem reception room 1794.
Gold snuff boxes (1720's)
Portrait of Rutger Jan Schimmelpenninck and his family, Pierre Prud'hon (1758-1823)
The Night watch gallery.
Rembrandt: The wardens of the Amsterdam Draper's Guild
Self portrait as the apostle Paul.
Rembrandt's son Titus in a monks habit
The Merry Drinker Frans Hals.
Militia company of district VIII under the command of captain Roelof Bicker Bartholomeus van der Helst (1613-1670)
Isaac and Rebecca: Rembrandt
The Milkmaid: Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675)
Amsterdam city view with houses on the Herengracht and the old Hrarlemmersluis Jan van der Heyden
Rembrandt the Night Watch: a portrait of Amsterdam's 'militiamen' the cities civic guard. Rembrandt made the painting in 1642 to hang in the their headquarters in the Kloveniersdoelen.
Breach of the dijk Jan Asselin.
Children of the sea Josef Israels (1824-1911)
Summer Luxuriance: Jacobus van Looy (1855-1930)
Oostizijdse Mill along the Gein river in moonlight: Piet Mondrian (1872-1946)
Self portrait and Undergrowth: Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)
Jan Toorop (1858-1928): Beach near Katwijk, know as 'The Misty Sea'
The sea near Katwijk
The 20th century.
Teapot Delft 1705.
Cabinet Augsberg 1660.
Four Poster bed 1705.
Flower pyramid Delft 1692.
Cabinet attributed to Andre-Charles Bouille (1642-1732)
Corner chimney piece, the Hague 1700.
Dolls house of Petronella OOrtman Amsterdam 1686-1710.
I was fascinated with this as I have just read The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. 
Naval Power.
Celestial globe,
Wallpaper with a fava bean motive: Gerrit Willem Dijsselhof (1866-1924)
Cornelis Tromp's weapon Rack.
140 piece gold service, Jean Baptiste Claude Odiot (1763-1850
Anne Frank House.
One of the most photographed spots in Amsterdam, the famous seven bridges of the Reguliersgracht. At night all these bridges are illuminated.

We sampled the hospitality of the Jordaan area before heading home. A really 'gezellig' way to end our day. 

The collection at the Rijksmuseum is huge and in the morning we spent there we only saw a fraction of it. We had such a fantastic time that we are going to plan a return visit. I love Amsterdam and would definitely recommend a visit to the Rijksmuseum. What a super day out!

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