Did you get hungry for more Rembrandt? Another day trip is also possible to the Royal Collection Mauritshuis, in The Hague, preferably arriving there at opening time (10 am) to be able to admire the museum’s three superb Vermeers and all Rembrandts. Nothing beats standing face to face in front of a superb Rembrandt in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. You can see the brush strokes and imagine standing just in back of the great master.
When in Amsterdam you have the incredible choice of two Rembrandt experiences:
1) Some of the best and grandest Rembrandt paintings in the Rijksmuseum.
2) Experiencing Rembrandthuis, the home he lived and worked in, with some great paintings and numerous etchings.
Rembrandt is one of the most gifted artist-painters in world history and he may be the nr 1 most accomplished and very best of etchers and engravers who ever lived, worldwide. In any country or period.
He is a grand master in terms of technique but also in terms of storytelling and expressive, emotional qualities. (Did you know that Russians consider him a Russian native in terms of their heart and soul?)
Nothing beats standing face to face in front of A REMBRANDT and viewing the real thing. Amsterdam is a fine place to do so because here we have the Rijksmuseum (State museum of art) and the Rembrandt House, the place where he actually lived and worked for many years.
Although leafing through illustrations in art books and images on the Internet are fabulous for study purposes, and indispensable in order to learn how to distinguish and compare, understand and classify, there is one experience paramount.
Standing face to face with an actual painting by Rembrandt or an actual etching by Rembrandt may become a thrilling and moving event.
The Rijksmuseum is the prime place for viewing paintings in Holland, although the museums in The Hague (Mauritshuis) and Rotterdam (Boijmans) are a good alternative. Boijmans will close for a 10 year renovation!
In corona times: Digital visits with Zoom classes.
Visit 40 museums by seeing my digital photo files, 10.000 + images
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Please open this on a big computer screen:
Choose categories => Johannes Vermeer
From the page with all 36 images, choose one Vermeer painting, then move the cursor over the right hand small image, after pressing the + sign.
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To be booked separately: Three in-depth tours: Mannheimer, Christian art, Applied art. For museum aficionados!
- Dr Fritz Mannheimer as a Fine Art collector, 1400 items now in the Rijksmuseum.
- Christian Mediaeval Art and later Christian art. How faith permeated all aspects of daily life.
- Enjoy world-class Applied Art including top-class furniture, goldsmithing, crystal work, and Delft Blue.
Private Guided Tour by professional Art History Scholar with excellent teaching skills. Specialist in Vermeer and Rembrandt. VIP entry. Avoid crowds: Best entry time is 9 AM.
Drs Kees Kaldenbach: „…he is wildly overqualified to be a guide . That is his secret… Trust me on this.” Gabe. Statement made February, 2017.