When you go on a Rijksmuseum tour, you can see approximately 8000 artworks from masterful artists. However, below are four highlights of the Rijksmuseum, which catches the attention of the visitors the moment they enter the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
When you enter the Rijksmuseum, the passageway will catch your attention. The transparent ambiance, the museum hosts, and the street musicians will give you a grand entry into the Rijksmuseum. When entering the museum, most visitors often rush into the Gallery of Honour wherein the other three highlights of Rijksmuseum tour reside.
The Milkmaid by Vermeer
The 1660 canvas portrays a maid pouring milk into a cauldron, completely invested in what she does. The Milkmaid is a still canvas and Vermeer uses his mastery of colors on the canvas to give an impression of the maid standing still and the milk moving into the cauldron. The masterful Dutch painting in the Rijksmuseum needs little introduction to those on a Rijksmuseum tour except for it resides in the Gallery of Honour.
The Night Watch by Rembrandt
“The Night Watch” also resides in the Gallery of Honour of the Rijksmuseum. On the 1642 canvas of Rembrandt, you can see some guardsmen trying to get on a formation and a captain telling his lieutenant to march. In the foreground of the canvas, you can see a young girl too. Rembrandt is one of the earliest to paint real-life figures on canvas and “The Night Watch” is one of his popular and largest canvases until date.
Self-Portrait by Vincent Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh drew his self-portrait in the year 1887. Van Gogh moved to Paris with his friend Gauguin in 1990, and experienced moments of creativity along with some episodes of tension and dementia. The Self-Portrait by Vincent Van Gogh in the Rijksmuseum will give you no clue of the creative talent of the man. The canvas is also on display as Self-Portrait as a Painter in Van Gogh Museum so you can catch that when you tour Amsterdam anytime soon.
In addition, you can visit the Dubuffet exhibit to the backside of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The “Group of Four Trees” will be on public display until October 1, 2017 among other works of Dubuffet. The exhibit is worth the watch when you go on a Rijksmuseum tour.