Paintings From Golden Age: Rijksmuseum In Amsterdam

Posted On December 3, 2009 

If you are interested in art works and you miss out the paintings from the Dutch golden age then you have missed most beautiful and valuable sites of art work. Dutch golden age which roughly lasted during 17th century was one the most acclaimed era in respects to trade, art and science.

There were many reasons for the era to prosper like cheap resources, migration of intelligent and dedicated labors, birth of co-operate finance, fostered literary activities and art works. This era had seen amazing painters and thus their masterpiece are preserved carefully. You will be able to experience all this beautiful master piece in Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

Amsterdam, derived from Amstellerdam is the capital and largest city of Netherlands. The name itself depicts about the city, the dam on river amstel makes it known as Amsterdam.  At a time of 12th century it was settled as a small fishing village which turned out as a most important port during Dutch golden age.

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

The Amsterdam Stock Exchange is the oldest stock exchange in the world.

Amsterdam’s main attractions comprises of, historic canals, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Hermitage Amsterdam, Anne Frank House, and many cannabis coffee shops.

According to the records of 2009, this all attraction pulls over more than 3.66 million international visitors annually.

All this great art work is guarded by Rijksmuseum which stands on Museumplein, the Museumplein is a square in Stedelijk MuseumAmsterdam where all the four museum are located in square: : the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, and the Diamond Museum.

Known as State Museum in English, is a Dutch national museum in Amsterdam. The museum is devoted to arts, crafts, and history which has fat collected works of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age. It also comprises some exclusive work from Asian art.

It was by the orders of Napoleon Bonaparte’s brother King Louis Bonaparte the museum moved to Amsterdam in 1808 from Hague where it was established in 1800 to reveal the assortment of the Dutch stadtholders. It was inspired by French example. By then it was known as the National Art Gallery. The paintings possessed by the city, such as The Night Watch by Rembrandt are the main attraction of the collection.

The present building which is opened 1885 is a massive structure by master architect Peter Cuypers, appearing as a water fortress. The major alteration in the interiors of building was made between the 1920s and 1950s.  In the 1960s exhibition rooms and several floors were turned into the two patios. During the restoration and renovation process only about four hundred of the one-million pieces from permanent collection are on exhibited in an display called The Masterpieces which is already renovated “fragment building,” nowadays called the Philips wing.

The Rijksmuseum displays a famous late work by Rembrandt, The Jewish bride in which the man’s lascivious hand rests on the woman’s breast probably based on the biblical figures of Isaac and Rebecca. There is also Rembrandt’s Self Portrait as the Apostle Paul. The famous ‘landscape with a Stone bridge’ had inspired the great Dutch landscape artist, Salomon van Ruysdael and Jacob van Ruysdeal.

There are also more captivatingly beautiful paintings by Johannes Vermeer from Delft, ‘Woman in blue reading a letter’ and ‘ The Milkmaid’ a girl pouring milk from a jug into bowl. There is also Jan Steen’s ‘The Morning Toilet’ where a woman is sitting on bed putting her stockings and the other painting by Jan Steen are The Drunken Pair, Adolf en Catharina Croeser along with Arent Oostwaard and his wife.
Rijksmuseum Paintings
Some of the famous Paintings in the collection by Frans Hals are Portrait of a Young Couple, The Company of Reynier Real, The Jolly Drinker, Portrait of Lucas De Clercq, Portrait of Nicolaes Hasselaer and  Portrait of a Man

You would love to travel here by tram which reaches to Museumplein, where you can visit anytime from 09.00 a.m to 06.00 p.m. The Museum is opened from Monday to Sunday. Due to wide use of internet the online ticketing has become very easy and hence we are providing you with the charges so that you can book it very easily.
Groups of 15 or more will have to pay 10 Euro.

Prices that are not including during admission to the museum

  • 75 euro. – Per hour for a tour of Dutch painting from the Golden Age.
  • 100 euro. – Per hour for a tour with another theme.
Different charges are applied to schools:
  • 45 euro,- per hour for a tour of Dutch painting from the Golden Age
  • 55 euro,- per hour for a tour with another theme

But at the same time there are many other attractions which will catch your attractions like Historical Museum, Jewish Historic Museum and Rembrandthuis.  This all places add as cheery upon icing.

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