Friday, 21 June 2013

Highlights of the Rijksmuseum

For the yearly outing yesterday of the supportive staff of the university, we went to the Rijksmuseum. We had a tour of the museum for an hour, showing us a few highlights of the collection.

Above the Virgin as Mater Dolorosa (Our Lady of Sorrows). Attributed to Pietro Torrigliani, soutern Netherlands, c. 1507-1520. Made of terra cotta with old, in part original polychromy.
I like the shadows on her face. The lighting of this terra cotta bust was done with a lot of care and skill.

The original wall and ceiling decorations were uncovered from under mutiple layers of white paint.

Stained glass with the images of Dutch artists.

Our feet on the original mosaic floor, which was recovered from beneath a wooden floor.

Visitor taking a picture of the 'Night Watch' (1642), by Rembrandt. This is by far the most famous painting exhibited in the Rijksmuseum.

Religious art: three ladies from the middle ages.

Detail of 'Officers and bowman of burrow VIII in Amsterdam' (1639), by B. van der Helst. I fell for the striking colours.

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