Housing a staggering collection of artifacts and artworks which is dedicated to history art, the Rijksmuseum is open to visitors since 2013 after a 10-year long renovation. Art fans confirm that about one million objects are being displayed in this museum. Listed below are a few of the iconic artworks that made it to the Rijksmuseum highlights tour.
The Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer (1654 – 58)
This painting remains as the painter Johannes Vermeer’s most recognizable work. It is of a domestic servant. The artist has beautifully handled the natural light available and has incorporated it in intensely saturated yellow and blue tones.
The Night Watch by Rembrandt van Rijn (1642)
This artwork is considered to have been the turning point in the artist Rembrandt van Rijn’s career. It is a true masterpiece. It is a large scale painting and it is believed to depict a few of the key moments of his personal life. The young girl featured in the painting is alleged to be inspired by the artist’s late wife.
These gardens were designed by Pierre Cuypers in the year 1901. It is essentially a garden that is sure to make you hold your breath as it is filled with sculptures and temporary installations. There are also enormous trees planted which are accompanied by colorful flowerbeds and play areas.
The Doll’s House of Petronella Oortman (1676)
Dating back to the 17th century, these are not merely dollhouses that belonged to children of that century. These were houses made to satisfy the expensive hobby of rich housewives who lived during that period. These houses are found to be decorated with textile furnishings, silver, and glass, etc.
The Cuypers Library
If you are a book lover, you shouldn’t miss this spot. It is a paradise of any book lover. It is the oldest known library in the Netherlands. It has a one of its kind collection of books relating to art history.
The Threatened Swan by Jan Asselijn (1650)
The painting features a swan that is seen to be fiercely protecting its nest from a dog. This was inspired by an incident where Johan de Witt tussled the enemies of the state. Ever since this, the swan is considered to be the symbol of the Dutch resistance.
If you are an artist looking for some serious inspiration, you know where to reserve your tickets to. Come and be a part of the Rijksmuseum tour.