The Rijksmuseum

Amsterdam's fabulous museum of art

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
Though it doesn't get as much press as the Louvre or the Uffizi, Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum is one of the top museums in Europe. Naturally, it has the largest collection of Dutch masters in the world.

Rembrandt is the star of the show, weighing in with a couple of self-portraits, the gruesome Anatomy Lesson, the racy The Jewish Bride, and his masterpiece, The Night Watch, which is the defining work of Dutch painting's Golden Age.

The Rembrandt room at the Rijksmuseum
The Rembrandt room at the Rijksmuseum

Frans Hals is well-represented, with The Merry Drinker being one of his best portraits.

There are party scenes courtesy of Jan Steen, de Hooch's intimate interiors, still-lifes by Bollengier, and four Vermeer paintings, including the famed Woman Reading a Letter and The Kitchen Maid.

One of my faves from among the less-famous pieces is Hendrick Avercamp's Winter Landscape with Ice Skaters, a 1608 scene that sums up the Netherlands I had always pictured from storybooks growing up.

Hendrick Avercamp Winterlandschap met scaatsers (1608)

 

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This article was by Reid Bramblett and last updated in May 2011.
All information was accurate at the time.


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