Van GoghSeptember 4, 2018 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C
Famous pictures they tell me. Broadening my horizons
Famous pictures they tell me. Broadening my horizons
A short walk from where we are staying in the red light district is the Rijksmuseum, which houses artworks from throughout Dutch history. It was a day of culture and soaking in the atmosphere of Amsterdam. Of course it included the obligatory viewing of Rembrandt and Van Gogh.
After the Rijksmuseum, we wondered to the Rembrandtplein to have a gander at the Rembrandthuis. Rembrandt lived and worked in the house from 1639 to 1656. So many houses in Amsterdam are from this period. It's hard to imagine houses surviving for this long but that's what makes Amsterdam so beautiful.Read more
On the bus from Rotterdam to Amsterdam our guide Bob gave an excellent introduction to Dutch history, language and culture. I was glad to see that my old friend Erasmus is still remembered in Rotterdam in the names of a bridge, a university, and a medical center. Since we were on our own in Amsterdam, he thoroughly described the map, or "plan" as he called it, of the city. Glenda and I dared to take the number 5 streetcar down to the Rijksmuseum, which we found with just a little bit of looking once we passed the National Palace. We found Vermeer, then saw in the hall of honor Rembrandt's large canvas called The Nightwatch. Large crowds surrounded all of the well known paintings, so I just took pictures of the crowd. It was enough for me just to be near the actual paintings made by the masters. Glenda, being a woman, and shorter than I, was able to move in closer to the painting of the Girl With the Pitcher to get a photo. I had already decided that I would resist the temptation to take a picture of a picture, at least on this trip. We looked around at the other sixteenth century art, and made our way out of the crowded building, which has recently been gloriously restored.Read more
Another busy day today in Amsterdam! We'd decided that today would be our "museum day", so we'd pre-booked tickets for the main two museums in Amsterdam: the Rijksmuseum (National Museum), and the Van Gogh Museum.
Out fairly early, as both are renowned for getting crowded and we wanted to get there as early as possible. Rode the provided bicycles to the nearby station, caught the train into the city, then changed to a tram for the last leg of the journey - all up nearly an hour. We went to the Rijksmuseum first, as our Van Gogh tickets were for an afternoon session.
Lots of great stuff in here, paintings by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Van Dyke and several other Dutch masters. Plus other masters too, like Cezanne, Monet and Pissaro. There was also a large collection of objects too, running through the history of the Dutch Republic, from the early days of the House of Oranje right through to the battle of Waterloo (with an enormous oil painting to commemorate the result).
Grabbed some lunch at the museum cafe, then headed out into the streets. Wandered around outside for a little while before heading across the street to the Van Gogh Museum. Huge line here, but thankfully we could skip since we'd already bought our tickets.
The museum was quite good, basically telling the story of Van Gogh's life and legacy through his artwork. Lots and lots of his paintings on display - even though he was only really active as an artist for seven years, he had an enormous output. Lots of self-portraits, but it was great to see his different periods as well. The early dark "realism" period, then later more Impressionist stuff as he moved to Paris and encountered other artists. Then of course the latter period where he retired to rural France, his committal to an asylum, release, and then eventual suicide.
Quite interesting to see, and there were several artworks from other famous contemporaries as well like Monet: paintings that had inspired Van Gogh. Also a huge collection of letters, over 700 apparently (!), so it gives you a really good idea of what he was like as a person. All up it was a fascinating stop, though the museum was very crowded in places, particularly when you encountered people on group tours. Alas!
By now it was 4:30pm and we were both tired and footsore. Although I hadn't done many steps today, the "gallery shuffle" really takes it out of my feet and makes my shins ache. So we jumped back on the tram, then the train, then our bicycles home. Grabbed some supplies at the supermarket, and ended up having spaghetti with pesto for dinner.Read more
Pictures from inside museum.
We easily lost track of time wondering through the halls of the Rijksmuseum. Lots of amazing pieces, not to mention a great lesson in Dutch history.
Völlig durchnässt haben wir heute das Rijksmuseum erreicht. Die Nachtwache im Original war schon sehr beeindruckend. Frans Hals, Vermeer, Rembrandt, van Goch, Toulouse-Lautrec und andere haben für die Strapazen doch entschädigt.Read more
Das Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (deutsch Reichsmuseum Amsterdam) ist ein niederländisches Nationalmuseum am Museumplein im Amsterdamer Stadtteil Oud-Zuid im Stadtbezirk Amsterdam-Zuid. Das Museum ist den Künsten, dem Handwerk und der Geschichte gewidmet. Es verwahrt eine große Sammlung der Malerei aus dem Goldenen Zeitalter der Niederlande und eine umfassende Sammlung asiatischer Kunstobjekte und Artefakte zur niederländischen Geschichte. Das Museum zeigt etwa 8000 Exponate und wurde zum Rijksmonument erklärt. Es hat rund 2,2 Millionen Besucher im Jahr.Read more
You might also know this place by the following names:
Rijksmuseum, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, متحف ريكز, Дзяржаўны музей, Ρέικσμουζεουμ, موزه امپراتوری, Ryksmuseum Amsterdam, Ard-mhúsaem na hÍsiltíre, רייקסמוזיאום, Državni muzej u Amsterdamu, Պետական թանգարան, アムステルダム国立美術館, 암스테르담 국립미술관, Valstybinis muziejus, Државен музеј, ریک موزه, رائیکس میوزیم ایمسٹرڈیم, Государственный музей, Рајксмузеум Амстердам, พิพิธภัณฑ์แห่งชาติแห่งอัมสเตอร์ดัม, Державний музей, 阿姆斯特丹国家博物馆