Rijksmuseum welcomed over 2 million visitors in the year 2017, and marked ten million visits as well, which is a great achievement for the museum since its opening in Amsterdam. Once visitors enter the Dutch museum, they head over to the ‘Gallery of Honour’, a corridor that directs tourists toward Rembrandt’s 1642 portrait ‘Night Watch’. It is the main highlight on the second floor of the museum, and the 10,000,000th visitor to Rijksmuseum, Stefan Kasper, got to spend a night with special room service here.
The image of the Dutch civic guards ‘Kloveniers’, comes to life in Rembrandt’s most famous portrait as yet. Many visitors peer into the Night Watch Gallery at Rijksmuseum to see the painting in all its glory and to see the self-portraits of the Dutch Master. The first portrait of Rembrandt shows him as a twenty-something year old with long hair and gazing straight and his second portrait depicts a wrinkle-faced Rembrandt posing as ‘The Apostle Paul’.
Those on a Rijksmuseum tour often get fascinated by Rembrandt’s ‘Titus as the Monk’, a painting that shows the painter’s son posing as a Franciscan monk. The resemblance it has with the lineage of Rembrandt is somewhat uncanny, but only if you take a closer look or if a tour guide explains it, you will come to know about the striking similarity. Another masterpiece painting at the Rijksmuseum is ‘The Milkmaid’, the Johannes Vermeer oil painting showing a maid pouring milk into a cauldron.
Head into the Room 215, and you can see Rijksmuseum collections that are devoted to the maritime history of the Dutch. A carving on the gallery’s door trace back to an English ship captured during the 17th Century by Dutch sailors. The museum is no eyesore but it has mosaic floors, large murals on walls and ceilings known as ‘frescos’ and stained glass windows. You can appreciate all the decorations in the ‘Great Hall’.
Once you unwind yourselves off the overwhelming display of artworks for a while at the Great Hall head downstairs to the ‘Room 118’, which exhibits a Vincent Van Gogh self-portrait. Then, turn left to see ‘Five Javanese Court Officials’, an anonymous portrait that traces back to a prehistoric period. Nothing quite like a Rijksmuseum tour for an overwhelming exploration of fine arts and that is partly why the museum provides an Amsterdam canal cruise.