Thursday, February 25, 2010

State Museum

The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam or Rijksmuseum (English: State Museum) is a Dutch national museum in Amsterdam, located on the Museumplein. The museum is dedicated to arts, crafts, and history. It has a large collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age and a substantial collection of Asian art.

The museum was founded in 1800 in The Hague to exhibit the collections of the Dutch stadholders. It was inspired by French example. By then it was known as the National Art Gallery (Dutch: Nationale Kunst-Gallerij). In 1808 the museum moved to Amsterdam on the orders of king Louis Bonaparte, brother of Napoleon Bonaparte. The paintings owned by that city, such as The Night Watch by Rembrandt, became part of the collection.

This is one of Johannes Vermeer paintings in Rijksmuseum, a Milk Maid portrait. Other collections found in Rijksmuseum are the works of Jacob Van Ruysdael, Frans Hals and Rembrandt.


asm said...

Wow! I'm glad there's already amsterdam blogger. Wonderful!. I'll be back.

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