Thursday, 2 May 2013

Hurrah for the Rijksmuseum!

In celebration of the reopening of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, I would like to share with you one of my favourite pieces from this leading collection of Dutch art. I was lucky enough to see it in person a few years ago, before the museum closed for refurbishment.

This is the Poppenhuis (dollhouse) of Petronella Oortman from ca. 1686 - ca. 1710. Nobody really knows who made it as it was a private collection. The remarkable thing about this dollhouse, is that everything in miniature is made from what it would be in real life. It is also exactly in scale throughout, and the artistry is exquisite. The exterior itself is a beautifully made cabinet.
I could have spent hours looking just at this one piece, but the Rijksmuseum has a lot more to offer, including some masterpieces like the Night Watch by Rembrandt. No photo does this painting justice, you have to see it in real life to really appreciate the way the light is so amazingly captured on canvas. So if you're lucky enough to be visiting Amsterdam, I would highly recommend it.

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