The Rijksmuseum is famous for its vast collection of artworks created by many great legends. It houses some masterpieces of famous historical figures like Vermeer, Rembrandt, Van Gogh etc. Your Amsterdam trip will not be complete without visiting Rijksmuseum. This great museum, which has a huge collection of more than one million artworks, is among the famous landmarks of Amsterdam. It remains as pride of Amsterdam and showcases the rich culture and history of this beautiful place.
There are some wonderful artworks that you should never miss on your Rijksmuseum tour. We list some paintings that you should definitely see on your Rijksmuseum tour to make your visit complete.
‘Christ Preaching’ by Rembrandt van Rijn (1650-1654)
Even though Rembrandt is famous for his large paintings, he is also a great etcher. He had exceptional talent to express human subjects with the help of light and shadows. One of his works, where his true etching skills are visible, is the work which portrays the preaching of Jesus. In this work, Rembrandt depicts Jesus preaching to a crowd of disciples. Through the minute detailing used in this work, the artist succeeded in discriminating people who are entranced by the words of Jesus and those who are skeptical and showing impatience and distrust.
‘The Milkmaid’ by Johannes Vermeer (1660)
Domestic life always inspired Johannes Vermeer and became a theme for many of his paintings. He was able to deftly capture many seemingly mundane activities beautifully through his works. Vermeer skillfully represented the social divisions prevailed during his time through his paintings. In this particular artwork, he portrays a sturdily built female servant who is pouring milk in to a bowl. The stale bread surrounding the bowl indicates that she is preparing a savory pudding. Vermeer used deep palate for this painting to enhance the humble surroundings of the subject.
‘Self-Portrait’ of Vincent Van Gogh (1887)
Van Gogh who was a really talented personality in the art history was greatly influenced by French impressionism. He worked alongside the masters of this movement during his stay in Paris. Van Gogh created several self portraits as he couldn’t afford a live model. This self portrait of van Gogh is a wonderful creation which showcases the ability of this great artist in creating paintings that skillfully depicts human characteristics.