Sometimes you just need to stop what you’re doing and go to the museum. Well, you may not. But I do.
I was determined to go and see the Rijksmuseum library which I keep seeing references to online. So I pulled myself together, put my coat on, and headed out into the wilds of the day! Would you like to know more?
The Rijksmuseum is open to the public again, and before we have a slew of guests come to visit I thought it might be nice to be able to speak authoritatively on how it looks after the refurbishment.
It is absolutely stunning! An amazing and wonderful world class Museum! The entry hall is a huge open atrium like the Louvre, and crowd management was excellent! Would you like to know more?
This was what I wanted to do for my birthday. On the three month anniversary of us arriving in Amsterdam we finally went to the Rijksmuseum.
I have stood amongst, and seen paintings by Vermeer.
Knowing from one of the art blogs I read that the “Woman in Blue Reading a Letter” has recently been restored made it even more meaningful.
The power in the pieces moves me, and I like watching how other patrons react to them.
Rembrandt’s The Night Watch dominates the room it imposes over with such completeness that people are awed into silence.
Being able to stand in the presence of such amazing works really changes you, and grows your appreciation for both the effort and skill that goes into it’s creation, and the detail with which the era has been captured by the artist(s).
Of course there are other masterpieces like this Winter Landscape with Skaters which also show details and insight into daily life,
and which also show the Dutch sense of humour to perfection! (Do click on that link above, there is a LOT to see in this painting!)
I can’t wait to go back after the massive renovations are completed! You will be seeing more of the Rijksmuseum! *grins*